Championship - Team news: Blackpool wait on duo

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship fixtures, with leaders Blackpool waiting int he fitness of key duo Ian Evatt and Barry Ferguson.

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Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City

Colin Kazim-Richards is an injury doubt as Blackburn prepare to host Leicester. The on-loan Galatasaray forward has enjoyed a superb start to life at Ewood Park scoring in both of Rovers' opening npower Championship matches against Ipswich and Hull. But after netting the winner against the Tigers on Wednesday night, Kazim-Richards hobbled off with a knee complaint that boss Steve Kean later revealed makes him a doubt to face Nigel Pearson's side. Summer signing Leon Best (knee) is a long-term injury victim and if Kazim-Richards was to miss out, Kean's options in attack would be reduced to David Goodwillie, veteran ex-Portugal international Nuno Gomes and his rookie countryman Edinho. Ruben Rochina could provide an alternative from attacking midfield after recovering from a hamstring injury. Marcus Olsson and Fabio Nunes were two of Rovers' better performers after being handed starts against Hull and are expected to retain their places.

Leicester have no new problems ahead of the trip to Ewood Park. Defenders Zak Whitbread and Sean St. Ledger, along with midfielder Richie Wellens and striker Marko Futacs, have all yet to feature this season and will remain on the sidelines. Whitbread is still lacking fitness following his free transfer from Norwich while fellow summer signing Futacs has been nursing a knee problem. St. Ledger and Wellens are also recovering from knee injuries. Manager Nigel Pearson has said that wholesale changes are not necessary following the defeat at newly-promoted Charlton on Tuesday. However, should he wish to freshen things up at Ewood Park, the Foxes boss has midfielders Neil Danns, Andy King and Anthony Knockaert and strikers Martyn Waghorn, Jeff Schlupp and David Nugent available to come into the team. King may have put himself in the frame for a start following goals from the bench in each of the last two games against Peterborough and Charlton.

Blackpool v Ipswich Town

Blackpool will assess the fitness of Ian Evatt and Barry Ferguson ahead of Ipswich's visit to Bloomfield Road. Evatt and Ferguson were absentees when the Seasiders beat Leeds 2-1 in midweek to preserve the npower Championship's only 100 per cent record after two matches. Centre-back Evatt took a knock to his foot in the season opener at Millwall, while veteran midfielder Ferguson is nursing a gluteal problem. Boss Ian Holloway saw his substitutes rescue a 1-0 deficit in midweek, giving him some selection issues in attack to ponder. On-loan Wigan forward Nouha Dicko began his second spell with Blackpool by netting the equaliser and could push for a start. Matt Phillips is set to be involved once more having come on to score the winner despite being a surprise inclusion in Holloway's matchday squad. Blackpool confirmed to Press Association Sport that the winger's situation remains unchanged following last week's transfer request and rejected £5million bid from Southampton.

Ipswich team news to follow...

Brighton and Hove Albion v Barnsley

Will Buckley is set to return to the Brighton squad for the visit of Barnsley. But boss Gus Poyet will monitor the fitness of former Spain midfielder Vicente ahead of the clash. Winger Buckley has yet to figure this season due to a hamstring strain but is now fit and available to boost a Seagulls attack which has yet to find the back of the net so far. Vicente came off the bench during the second half of Tuesday's goalless draw with Cardiff but is still struggling with the groin problem he picked up against Swindon in the Capital One Cup and is doubtful. Forward Will Hoskins remains in the treatment room with the broken foot he suffered during pre-season.

Barnsley team news to follow...

Bristol City v Cardiff City

Sam Baldock may be in line for his Bristol City debut when they host Cardiff. The striker was paraded before Tuesday's win over Crystal Palace having joined from West Ham earlier that day. Fellow forward and another of Derek McInnes' recent signings, Steve Davies, will hope to make his full debut after only coming on for the closing few minutes. But both players will find it hard to break into the side which thrashed the Eagles 4-1, a result that included goals from strikers Jon Stead and Ryan Taylor. However, it provides a welcomed headache for McInnes who started the season with only Stead available and Brett Pitman seemingly not featuring in his current plans. Taylor would be most likely to make way for the new arrivals having started the season as the Robins' reserve striker.

Matthew Connolly is in line for his Cardiff debut when they travel to Ashton Gate. The defender joined from QPR earlier this week and may go straight into Malky Mackay's starting XI. But midfielder Jordon Mutch faces a late fitness test having been withdrawn from last Tuesday's goalless draw at Brighton. Mutch is currently nursing a foot injury after taking a stamp on it but the problem is not getting worse. Joe Mason replaced him in that fixture and could deputise again. But Filip Kiss, Craig Conway and Darcy Blake also provide added midfield options for Mackay. Stephen McPhail is yet to return after a hamstring strain proved to be more problematic than first realised. The former Leeds midfielder will be checked ahead of the weekend.

Charlton Athletic v Hull City

Ricardo Fuller could be added to the Charlton squad for the visit of Hull. The Jamaican striker this week moved to The Valley on a free transfer after he was released by Stoke. However, Fuller will probably have to make do with a place on the bench as he is not yet match fit while regular forwards Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant both scored in the 2-1 win over Leicester on Tuesday. Leon Clarke is due back in training after an ankle knock but a fifth striker, Danny Haynes, is still out with hamstring trouble. Veteran midfielder Andy Hughes is recovering from surgery on his Achilles while young goalkeeper Nick Pope and defender Yado Mambo are missing with knee injuries.

Hull will be without Matty Fryatt for the trip to The Valley as the striker has been ruled out for at least three weeks due to an Achilles injury. Fryatt, the Tigers' top goalscorer last season, has missed the first two league games and has been forced to see a consultant. Bruce has no new injury or suspension worries following his side's 1-0 defeat at Blackburn on Wednesday night and is unlikely to make any changes. The Tigers boss left out Cameron Stewart and Aaron Mclean against Blackburn in order to accommodate a five-man defence, with Alex Bruce and Corry Evans making their first starts of the season, and he could stick with the same line-up at Charlton.

Huddersfield Town v Burnley

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson has the luxury of being able to name an unchanged side for the home game with Burnley. Grayson has no new injury or suspension problems as his side chase their first league win of the season. Town followed up an unlucky 1-0 defeat at Cardiff in their first match since winning promotion with a 1-1 home draw against Nottingham Forest in midweek and Grayson is not expected to make too many changes. Winger Danny Ward shook off an ankle injury in time for the midweek game and pressed his claim for a return to the starting line-up with a late role off the bench, while fellow substitute Scott Arfield may also have forced his way into Grayson's plans. Jordan Rhodes showed no ill-effects from the hamstring strain that kept him out at Cardiff by returning to grab the equaliser against Forest, and is expected to continue up front alongside Lee Novak.

Burnley team news to follow...

Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will make a series of late checks before naming his team for the clash with Crystal Palace. Full-back Joe Bennett could return from a knee injury after playing for the club's Under-21s on Monday, while midfielders Kevin Thomson (calf) and Muzzy Carayol (hamstring) may also come into consideration. Bennett is yet to make a senior appearance this season, while Thomson and Carayol have not played in the league to date after picking up problems in the Capital One Cup victory at Bury on August 11, and all three will be assessed. Striker Lukas Jutkiewicz continues his recovery from medial ligament damage, although he is unlikely to figure until the middle of next month.

Crystal Palace will check on skipper Paddy McCarthy and midfielder Jonathan Williams ahead of the trip to the Riverside Stadium. Defender McCarthy has yet to figure this season due to a groin problem and Welsh teenager Williams has been sidelined by a calf strain, but both are edging closer to fitness. Boss Dougie Freedman is wary about rushing the key duo back too soon, but he must be tempted after Palace's 4-1 defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday left them bottom of the pile without a point to their name. Strikers Glenn Murray and Jermaine Easter could be added to the squad after missing out again in midweek. Stuart O'Keefe and David Wright provide other options in midfield should Freedman make further changes.

Peterborough United v Leeds United

Tyrone Barnett remains a doubt for Peterborough as they look to claim their first points of the npower Championship campaign against Leeds at London Road. Barnett has yet to feature this season because of a hamstring problem. Fellow striker Emile Sinclair is pushing for a starting place after proving his fitness following an ankle operation with substitute appearances in the defeats to Leicester and Millwall. Sinclair played the whole of the second half against the Lions on Tuesday. Tommy Rowe (collar bone), Daniel Kearns (knee), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (hamstring) and David Hibbert (knee) remain sidelined.

Leeds skipper Lee Peltier will play through the pain at Peterborough, but midfielder Paul Green could be sidelined for up to eight weeks. Peltier sustained a knock during the midweek defeat at Blackpool, but boss Neil Warnock expects him to start, while scans have revealed the full extent of Green's knee injury. Tom Lees made a goalscoring return to the side in the midweek defeat at Blackpool and should continue, while fellow defender Sam Byram is hoping to retain his place. Warnock, who hinted at adding 18-year-old striker Dominic Poleon to his squad, has no other new injury or suspension problems.

Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall

Sheffield Wednesday defender Anthony Gardner is expected to return to the squad for his side's home game with Millwall. Gardner missed the midweek win over Birmingham due to a hamstring problem and was replaced by Mark Beevers, so manager Dave Jones must decide whether to make changes. The Owls' latest signing Rodri made a goalscoring debut on Tuesday night before being replaced after an hour and he will be hoping to continue in the starting line-up, but another summer recruit, Nejc Pecnik, and Gary Madine offer Jones a couple of alternatives. Wednesday, unbeaten in the 16 games played since Jones replaced Gary Megson as boss in March, climbed up to second in the table and there are unlikely to be too many changes after their impressive midweek display.

Watford v Birmingham City

New signing Marco Cassetti could be in contention to make his debut when Watford entertain Birmingham. The 35-year-old former Roma defender arrived on Thursday on a season-long loan from Udinese, becoming the fifth player to do so this summer as the Hornets continue to utilise their links with the Serie A club, who are also run by Watford's new owners the Pozzo family. Captain John Eustace will be assessed after a back injury ruled him out of Tuesday's last-gasp 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich. Manager Gianfranco Zola made three changes for the midweek encounter and watched his side put in a disappointing display, leaving the Italian with plenty to ponder ahead of the Championship's evening encounter, kick-off 5.20pm. Summer signings Fitz Hall and Alex Geijo have not yet made their debuts and are unlikely to feature once more, while midfielder Stephen McGinn continues to be eased back in on his return from a lengthy knee injury and is also yet to get a run out.

Nikola Zigic is likely to start as Birmingham head to Vicarage Road searching for their first league win of the season. The towering Serbian, linked with a possible move to Spanish side Real Mallorca, stepped off the bench to snatch a point against Charlton last weekend before doing so again in midweek, although his goal was not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Manager Lee Clark is now expected to include Zigic from the off at Vicarage Road and the frontman will likely partner Marlon King in attack. On-loan midfielder Ravel Morrison was dropped at Hillsborough and will be pushing for inclusion against the Hornets in the Championship's evening game, kick-off 5.20pm. Right-back Stephen Carr continues to be assessed having not yet featured this season due to a thigh injury.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Derby County

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