Kick-offs 3pm Saturday unless stated.
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town (12:15)
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo could return to the starting line-up. Semedo has completed a three-game ban following his dismissal at Bolton last month. Kamil Zayatte faces a late fitness test as he looks to overcome an ankle injury and fellow defender Martin Taylor is definitely out due to a similar problem. Midfielder David Prutton is still struggling with the ankle injury that has kept him out since September as Wednesday chase their second win of the season.
Huddersfield's leading goalscorer James Vaughan is expected to return to the starting line-up. Vaughan scored 11 goals in 14 appearances before sitting out a three-match ban for his dismissal at Leicester last month. Town will also be boosted by the return to contention of striker Martin Paterson (hand) and midfielder Jonathan Hogg, who missed the home defeat to Birmingham due to a knee injury. Skipper Peter Clarke remains sidelined with knee ligament damage as Town chase their second win in eight league matches.
Birmingham manager Lee Clark will be without suspended duo Wade Elliott and Kyle Bartley but new loan signing Aaron McLean should go straight into the squad. Chris Burke will play after overcoming the injury which forced him off at the John Smith's Stadium. Callum Reilly played 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in Montenegro in midweek and will be assessed ahead of kick-off. Poland international Dariusz Dudka is fit and could feature for the first time since signing a short-term deal at the end of October.
Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks is expected to be available. A shoulder injury forced the Scotland shot-stopper to return early from international duty but Gilks has since declared himself ready for the clash. On-loan Liverpool full-back Jack Robinson serves the third game of a four-match ban for seeing red in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Blackburn. Veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson remains sidelined with an ankle injury but Isaiah Osbourne, Chris Basham and Nathan Delfouneso could return from their respective injuries.
Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer will continue to monitor Ruben Rochina. Rochina is close to making a full recovery from the shoulder injury that has kept him out since the first game of the season, and after playing in a training game earlier this week, the 22-year-old could be included in Bowyer's matchday squad. DJ Campbell serves the final game of the three-match ban he picked up for his sending-off in the 2-2 draw with Blackpool. Midfielder David Dunn (knee) made his first appearance since August 31 when he came off the bench in the 3-0 defeat to Brighton. He could make his long-awaited return to the starting line-up.
Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams could return to the Reading squad. Winger Drenthe and midfielder Williams are back in training after recovering from foot injuries and manager Nigel Adkins will decide whether they are fit enough to be involved. But left-back Wayne Bridge has undergone knee surgery and is set to be sidelined until the new year, joining long-termers Jem Karacan (cruciate) and Jason Roberts (hip) on the casualty list. Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood played for the Royals' Under-21s this week, his first match action since a summer ankle op, but he is some way from a return to the first team.
AFC Bournemouth v Derby County
Winger Matt Ritchie could be in line for his first appearance of the season. The former Swindon man played an hour in midweek as the Cherries beat Reading 2-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly and manager Eddie Howe now looks likely to involve Ritchie against the Rams. Goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan also made his return from injury in that match but fellow shot-stopper Ryan Allsop remains sidelined with glandular fever with no date currently being set on his return to training.
John Eustace comes back into the reckoning for Derby. Eustace served a one-match suspension as the Rams signed off for the international break with a 3-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday. Fellow midfielder Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and striker Johnny Russell (broken leg) will also return to contention after injury having played almost an hour for Derby's Under-21 side this week. The trip to the south coast has come too soon for defender Mark O'Brien (knee), goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle) and midfielder James Bailey (knee) but head coach Steve McClaren hopes to have the trio back next week. On-loan defender Zak Whitbread (calf) remains out while Paul Coutts and Shaun Barker continue their rehabilitation from long-term knee injuries.
Ipswich Town v Leicester City
Ipswich winger Paul Anderson is set to return from a groin injury. The 25-year-old has admitted he missed the Tractor Boys' last game at Blackpool because he tried to rush back before he was ready. He has benefited from the international break and will be back to face the Foxes. Mick McCarthy will be without left-back Aaron Cresswell, who completes a two-game ban for his red card against Barnsley.
Anthony Knockaert will miss Leicester's trip to Ipswich through suspension. Chris Wood comes back into the reckoning after the striker missed the Forest game due to New Zealand's World Cup play-off against Mexico, while midfielder Andy King (Wales), defender Liam Moore (England Under-21s) and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) have all returned unscathed from international duty with their respective countries. However, Sean St Ledger is back on the sidelines after suffering a groin/abdominal injury while away with the Republic of Ireland. Fellow defender Ritchie De Laet resumed light training on Thursday morning after his shin problem.
Leeds United v Middlesbrough
Leeds defender Marius Zaliukas is in line for his first start for the club. The Lithuania international will replace Scott Wootton, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury sustained in the recent win at Charlton.Leading goalscorer Ross McCormack is expected to start despite being withdrawn from the Scotland squad due to a hamstring injury earlier this week. Right-back Sam Byram (thigh) and left-back Stephen Warnock (ankle) missed the game at Charlton and could return to contention, while midfielder Michael Brown and defender Danny Pugh will be hoping to retain their places.
Defender Jonathan Woodgate could return to action. Woodgate, who made his name at Elland Road, missed the 2-2 home draw against Watford last time out with a groin problem, but is winning his battle for fitness.Fellow defender Seb Hines is being assessed ahead of the short trip to West Yorkshire. Hines damaged a hamstring in the Watford game and Karanka will make a late decision on him.
Millwall v Barnsley
Millwall can add Guy Moussi to their squad. Lions manager Steve Lomas has drafted in the Frenchman on loan from Nottingham Forest while letting fellow midfielder Josh Wright move to Leyton Orient on loan. Lomas will check on striker Scott McDonald, who missed the 3-1 defeat at Bolton a fortnight ago after tweaking his hamstring in training. Full-back Scott Malone is set to miss out again with a knee injury but centre-half Mark Beevers is fit after six weeks out with a knee problem.
Barnsley midfielder Jacob Mellis will return to contention. Mellis missed the goalless home draw against Doncaster before the international break, but is fit again and could go straight back into the starting line-up. Luke Steele remains sidelined due to a back injury, so on-loan Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland will retain his place and defender Peter Ramage is still struggling with the thigh injury that has ruled him out of the last four matches. Teenage midfielder Paul Digby could return to the substitutes' bench following his return from international duty with the England Under-19s squad.
Nottingham Forest v Burnley
Nottingham Forest face mounting injury problems. Boss Billy Davies' main area of concern is in central defence. Kelvin Wilson (back) and Danny Collins (ankle) are already long-term absentees while Greg Halford has sustained an injury in training and Jack Hobbs is a major doubt with a virus, potentially leaving 20-year-old Jamaal Lascelles as the Reds' only recognised centre-back. Forest also have problems in midfield after Andy Reid and David Vaughan returned from international duty with injuries, ruling the pair out of Saturday's game.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche will hand a late fitness test to Dean Marney. Marney returned to the starting line-up for the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth after a thigh injury had forced him to miss two matches. He will be assessed on Friday to see whether he is fit to start once again. Otherwise, Dyche has a fully-fit squad to pick from and could opt to shuffle his pack. Midfielder Junior Stanislas is in contention to start should Dyche choose to freshen things up.
Queens Park Rangers v Charlton Athletic
Midfielder Jermaine Jenas and winger Junior Hoilett (both hamstring) all picked up injuries during the 1-1 draw at Reading last time out but have had a fortnight to recover.Defender Richard Dunne is available despite initial fears he would miss out but Redknapp will also check on Tottenham loanee Tom Carroll, who is on the mend after six weeks out with an ankle injury, and winger Matty Phillips after he withdrew from the Scotland squad with a hamstring problem. But midfielder Alejandro Faurlin (cruciate) and striker Bobby Zamora (knee) are still sidelined while Nedum Onuoha picked up another hamstring and will be out for a few weeks.
Yann Kermorgant could be back in Charlton's starting line-up. The striker returned from an ankle injury as a substitute against Leeds a fortnight ago and has trained over the international break. But centre-half Leon Cort has suffered a setback in his bid to return from the knee injury which has kept him out since August and will be on the sidelines for a while yet. Full-back Chris Solly has begun light training after a knee injury but he will not be rushed back into action.
Watford v Bolton Wanderers
Lewis McGugan will miss Watford's home clash with Bolton through suspension, while Lloyd Doyley is out with a hamstring injury.Hornets manager Gianfranco Zola is sweating over the fitness of Essaid Belkalem (ankle) and Ikechi Anya (calf). He will definitely be without Almen Abdi (foot) and Tommie Hoban (ankle). Nyron Nosworthy played in a midweek friendly and could make his first-team comeback after eight months on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman will be without Kevin McNaughton. The on-loan Cardiff defender suffered a hamstring injury in the victory over Millwall and is expected to be sidelined for around a month. Long-term absentee Craig Davies (hamstring) came off the bench in the 83rd minute against the Lions, but he will play no part on Saturday. Adam Bogdan, Joe Riley, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden (all knee) and Marc Tierney (foot) are still out.
Wigan Athletic v Brighton and Hove Albion
James McClean is expected to come back into the reckoning after recovering from a dead leg to play for Ireland. Lee Nicholls, who has kept three clean sheets in his last four Championship outings, is expected to continue in goal although Scott Carson (ankle) is nearing a return. On-loan defender Ryan Shotton has recovered from illness while Jean Beausejour (foot) featured for Chile against England last Friday. Centre-back Ivan Ramis (knee) has played in three behind-closed-doors friendlies and is close to a comeback but club captain Gary Caldwell, goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and winger Shaun Maloney (all hip) remain out.
Brighton's injury list is finally clearing up. Winger Will Buckley (hamstring) and midfielders Keith Andrews (calf) and Andrea Orlandi (knee) could be involved in the squad along with Kemy Agustien, who returned on the bench against Blackburn before the international break. And boss Oscar Garcia also hopes to welcome back striker Leonardo Ulloa (foot) and winger Kazenga LuaLua (knee) in the near future. That leaves forwards Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) as the only long-term absentees.
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