Championship - Team news: Bellamy missing for Cardiff

Team news for all of Tuesday's Championship matches, with Craig Bellamy a key absentee for leaders Cardiff.

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Birmingham City v Bristol City (all games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated)

Jonathan Spector returns to as manager Lee Clark assesses a couple of bumps and bruises. Midfielder Spector missed Saturday's woeful 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich through illness but has recovered and is back in the fold to face the Robins. Clark was less than impressed with Blues' display, especially in the first half at St Andrew's, and he will monitor those nursing niggling knocks, including Leroy Lita and Nathan Redmond, before deciding on his line-up. Changes are almost inevitable having kept faith with the same starting XI for the last three matches. As well as Spector, the likes of Nikola Zigic, Peter Lovenkrands, Papa Bouba Diop, Chris Burke and Darren Ambrose all come into contention. Pablo Ibanez (broken toe) is on the verge of his comeback but Tuesday could come just too soon. Full-backs Stephen Carr (knee) and Paul Caddis (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Bristol City will be without top scorer Steven Davies. The former Derby striker, who has scored six goals from just four starts, suffered a grade one hamstring tear and was unable to feature in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield, but there is an outside chance he could return against Charlton on Sunday. Ex-West Ham striker Sam Baldock deputised for Davies at Huddersfield and looks set to retain his place as City aim for their first win since September 18. Manager Derek McInnes has no fresh injury worries but Jody Morris is likely to miss out again. McInnes was able to introduce Ryan Taylor as a substitute after the former Rotherham striker recovered from a sore ankle while Neil Kilkenny made a return to action for the first time in a month.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Peterborough United

Brighton will be without Liam Bridcutt and have a major doubt over Adam El-Abd. Midfielder Bridcutt picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in Friday night's 2-2 draw with Leeds and serves a one-match ban, while centre-half El-Abd is struggling with a hamstring injury. Andrew Crofts or Gary Dicker will replace Bridcutt in the centre while Lewis Dunk is on standby to make his first Championship appearance of the season should El-Abd miss out. Andrea Orlandi should retain his place in midfield after impressing on his return from injury against the Whites, but fellow Spaniard Vicente is still missing with a thigh problem. Stephen Dobbie, Kazenga LuaLua and David Lopez are further attacking options for boss Gus Poyet as his side attempt to end a seven-match winless streak.

Peterborough will be without Kgosi Ntlhe. Full-back Ntlhe was forced off with an injury after 62 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday. Posh are awaiting the results of a scan to determine the extent of the problem. Tommy Rowe had a second scan on his troublesome ankle injury last week and remained absent against the Owls. The wing-back has missed the last three matches and is rated at 50-50 to return to the squad for Tuesday night's game. Peter Grant and Dave Hibbert are Peterborough's other absentees.

Burnley v Leeds United

Ross Wallace is expected to retain his place in the Burnley starting line-up. Former Sunderland winger Wallace suffered a nasty-looking head injury in the second half of Saturday's 2-0 Championship victory over Wolves and left the field on a stretcher. But the 27-year-old has been passed fit and is set to start as new boss Sean Dyche looks to make it two wins from as many games. Chris McCann suffered a hamstring injury in the build-up to the weekend encounter and defender David Edgar is ready to deputise in an unfamiliar midfield position if he fails to recover in time. Fellow midfielder Marvin Bartley (groin) also faces a late fitness test ahead of the Turf Moor clash.

Leeds defender Tom Lees is a major doubt after being accidentally poked in the eye. Lees was forced out of the action after 40 minutes at the Amex Stadium and later received medical attention on the south coast after being temporarily blinded in one eye. If the 21-year-old is not passed fit, Lee Peltier is expected to partner Jason Pearce at the heart of defence, although the Leeds skipper has been carrying an ankle injury in recent weeks, while Danny Pugh could come into the reckoning. Striker Luciano Becchio is pushing for a recall after starting the last two matches on the substitutes' bench, while both David Norris and Paul Green provide manager Neil Warnock with extra options in midfield. Latest loan signing Ryan Hall is hoping to make his second appearance as Leeds chase their first league win in five matches.

Charlton Athletic v Cardiff City

Lawrie Wilson has become the latest addition to Charlton's casualty list. Wilson suffered a thigh injury during the first half of Saturday's 4-1 home defeat by Middlesbrough. He is the third full-back currently crocked for the Addicks with Rhoys Wiggins still sidelined by a foot problem and Cedric Evina injuring his knee in training late last week. Strikers Ricardo Fuller and Yann Kermorgant also remain in the treatment room. Fuller has yet to recover from a hamstring injury and Kermorgant is out until the new year with a broken ankle. Reserve forward Michael Smith has been loaned to Newport for a month.

Cardiff travel to Charlton without the injured trio of Jordon Mutch, Craig Bellamy and Tommy Smith as they look to turn around their disappointing away form. Despite having a perfect winning record at the Cardiff City Stadium, Malky Mackay's men have lost three of their last four matches away from South Wales and have conceded 13 of their 17 goals this season in games on the road. And they'll look to get back to winning ways without three key men as Bellamy and Smith are unlikely to feature for another two to three weeks and Mutch is still suffering from an ongoing nerve problem in his foot.

Derby County v Barnsley

Jake Buxton comes back into the reckoning for Derby ahead of Barnsley's visit to Pride Park. Buxton missed the 4-1 home win over Blackpool on Saturday as he served a one-match suspension for the red card he received in the defeat at Peterborough. Manager Nigel Clough must decide whether to restore Buxton to his starting line-up or stick with the central defensive partnership of Richard Keogh and James O'Connor that performed so well against the Tangerines. Elsewhere, forward Jamie Ward will miss a seventh straight Championship fixture with a hamstring injury and goalkeeper Frank Fielding (groin) will be absent for the sixth game in a row. Teenage striker Mason Bennett, 16, scored two goals for Derby's Under-18 side at the weekend and could earn a place in the squad.

Barnsley have been dealt an injury blow with midfielder David Perkins set to be sidelined for up to six weeks following the recurrence of a hamstring injury. Perkins sustained the problem early in the first half of Saturday's defeat at Hull and will be sidelined for between four and six weeks, starting with the game at Derby on Tuesday night. But fellow midfielder Jacob Mellis is hoping to return to contention after having an injection to aid his recovery from the knee injury which kept him out at the weekend. Central defender Jim McNulty is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up following his long-term hamstring problem and could be an option for manager Keith Hill, who might want to rest teenager John Stones. Winger Jim O'Brien also returned to the bench at the weekend following a dislocated shoulder and could also make his comeback.

Huddersfield Town v Blackburn Rovers

Huddersfield strikers James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford both remain doubtful. Beckford, on loan from Leicester, missed Saturday's home win over Bristol City with a hamstring strain and joint top goalscorer Vaughan sat out the same match following a recurrence of a thigh injury sustained during training on Friday. Forward Sean Scannell was supported by midfielder Adam Clayton and winger Adam Hammill up front in the pair's absence at the weekend and those three are likely to continue if Beckford and Vaughan fail late fitness tests. Huddersfield will also be without right-back Jack Hunt, who serves the second game of his two-match ban, so Calum Woods is set to deputise again, while manager Simon Grayson has no other new injury or suspension problems. Midfielder Oscar Gobern remains the only long-term absentee as he recovers from ankle surgery.

Henning Berg has no new injury worries as he prepares to lead Blackburn for the second time. Berg got off to an unhappy start as Rovers manager courtesy of a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday, although Simon Vukcevic and Markus Olsson both came through unscathed on their returns from respective groin and hamstring problems. Veteran midfielder David Dunn (calf) remains on the sidelines along with Jason Lowe and Fabio Nunes (hamstring). Striker Jordan Rhodes faces his former club for the first time since leaving the Terriers for £8 million in August, although Nuno Gomes may not be able to join him in attack having picked up a minor knock in training on the eve of the trip to Selhurst Park.

Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Hull trio Liam Rosenior, Ahmed Elmohamady and Alex Bruce all face late fitness tests. Full-back Rosenior and winger Elmohamady both have unspecified muscle strains, while defender Bruce is hoping to shake off a knee injury sustained in Saturday's win over Barnsley. Manager Steve Bruce has no other new injury or suspension worries, while defender Jack Hobbs, sidelined since sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage in March, is closing in on his return to action before the end of November. Midfielder Tom Cairney (knee) remains a long-term absentee, and both striker Matty Fryatt (Achilles) and defender Joe Dudgeon (knee) are out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery last week.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken boasts an unchanged squad but will make changes after Saturday's setback at Burnley. Solbakken has admitted he did not expect his side's performance levels to drop as much as they did as Wanderers were comfortably beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor. The result extended Wolves' winless run to four matches and left them with just one victory in their last six games.Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf), Stephen Hunt (hip), George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) all remain absent.

Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough

Radoslaw Majewski will miss out. Majewski was forced off after just 15 minutes of the 4-1 defeat to Millwall at the City Ground on Saturday, with scans revealing the Polish midfielder has damaged ligaments. Reds boss Sean O'Driscoll is not yet sure how long the 25-year-old will be out. Jermaine Jenas, who last week extended his loan stay until the new year, was absent against the Lions due to a knock but the Tottenham midfielder has resumed training and could return to the squad. Greg Halford is available again after serving a one-match suspension but fellow defenders Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Sam Hutchinson (knee) remain out.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has several injury concerns - one of which is himself. Mowbray was forced to pull out of his pre-match press conference due to illness but he is hoping to recover in time to make it into the City Ground dugout.Procter is hopeful that Seb Hines will also be fit for the match while Jonathan Woodgate should retain his starting place after coming through the 4-1 win against Charlton on Saturday unscathed. However, striker Marvin Emnes remains unavailable with a hamstring problem.

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Paul Corry is a major doubt. Irishman Corry, who made his league debut in the recent derby draw with Leeds, was forced out of Saturday's win against Peterborough midway through the first half with an ankle injury and was replaced by Rhys McCabe. Manager Dave Jones has no other new injury or suspension worries and is not expected to make further changes to the side that started at the weekend. Striker Gary Madine and winger Jermaine Johnson are both pushing for recalls, but are likely to start on the substitutes' bench again, while young forward Danny Mayor is hoping to be included in the squad.

Managerless Blackpool will be without Ian Evatt. Evatt picked up his fifth booking of the season during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Derby and must serve a one-match ban. Fellow centre-back Craig Cathcart returned to the substitutes' bench at Pride Park following a calf injury and is set to step into the heart of defence. Elsewhere, veteran striker Kevin Phillips remains sidelined with a calf complaint of his own despite initial hopes he would be ready for action against the Rams.

Watford v Millwall

Fitz Hall is a doubt. The defender was forced off late on in Saturday's impressive 2-1 win over Leicester nursing a hamstring injury and will be assessed as late as possible. Hall aside, Gianfranco Zola is unlikely to make many, if any, changes to his starting XI following the victory, which came after back-to-back defeats for the Hornets. Zola has no other new injury or suspension concerns, with captain John Eustace (back), fellow midfielder Prince Buaben (hamstring) and defenders Piccoli Neuton (ankle) and Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) still sidelined.

Alan Dunne returns to the Millwall squad. The defender missed Saturday's visit to Nottingham Forest through suspension after picking up a fifth booking of the season. Danny Shittu was the only player to suffer an injury at Forest when he had a tooth knocked out but the big centre-half should be fine to continue. Fellow defenders Jack Smith (groin) and Karleigh Osborne (calf) are also fit after recent lay-offs, so Paul Robinson and John Marquis are the only ones in the treatment room. Skipper Robinson is recovering from a pelvic problem and striker Marquis is building up his fitness after an adductor muscle operation.

Bolton Wanderers v Leicester City (8pm)

Dougie Freedman must do without David Ngog. Former Liverpool striker Ngog struck a 76th-minute winner to see off Championship leaders Cardiff on Saturday but then found time to pick up two yellow cards and be dismissed early in stoppage time. The ban will not result in a direct change to Freedman's starting line-up as Ngog was on as a substitute for skipper Kevin Davies, while Marvin Sordell and Benik Afobe provide alternative options up front. Elsewhere, Wanderers have no new injury worries but long-term absentees Andy Lonergan, Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela (all knee) remain on the sidelines.

Leicester will be without Zak Whitbread. Whitbread will serve a one-match suspension at the Reebok Stadium after he was sent off with six minutes remaining of the 2-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday. Ritchie De Laet is available again though after a one-match ban ruled him out against the Hornets. The former Manchester United trainee is expected to return at right-back with teenager Liam Moore, who covered for De Laet at Vicarage Road, likely to move into the middle of the back four and partner captain Wes Morgan in central defence. Striker Jamie Vardy is struggling to overcome a calf problem and remains a doubt while centre-half Sean St. Ledger is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town (8pm)

Mick McCarthy is likely to keep faith with an unchanged line-up. McCarthy masterminded Town's first win in 13 matches as they beat Birmingham 1-0 on Saturday in what was his first game at the helm after taking charge just 48 hours previously. Two changes were made at St Andrew's as McCarthy opted for experience over youth, recalling Guirane N'Daw from the cold along with fellow midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker in favour of Luke Hyam and Josh Carson. N'Daw could provide the only concern having reported cramp in both legs after the game although he is expected to be okay.

Meanwhile, Ipswich have received a blow with the news striker Paul Taylor is likely to miss the rest of the season. Taylor has been sidelined since the 2-0 defeat to Wolves on September 19 having broken a bone in his foot in what was only his third game since arriving from Peterborough. Town had hoped rest would allow the injury to heal but, despite initial promise, it seems surgery will be needed.

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