Team news: Double blow for Rovers

Team news ahead of Tuesday's Championship fixtures, with leaders Blackburn suffering from two key absences in defence.

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Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley (all 19:45 kick-offs unless stated)

Blackburn defenders Gael Givet and Marcus Olsson will be sidelined. Both men hobbled out of Saturday's dramatic 5-3 victory at Bristol City and will not recover in time. Givet suffered a burst blood vessel at the top of his leg, while Olsson sustained a grade one hamstring tear. Grant Hanley and Martin Olsson replaced their injured team-mates at Ashton Gate and are expected to start against the Tykes, while versatile youngster Jason Lowe could also come into the back four having recovered from an abductor strain sustained on England Under-21 duty. Colin Kazim-Richards is a number of weeks away from a comeback after being hit by a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, leaving in-form duo Jordan Rhodes and Nuno Gomes to continue in attack.

Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele could make his first appearance of the season. Steele has been dogged by a stomach/groin problem since March when he played his last game for the Tykes in a 4-0 home defeat to Reading. But the 27-year-old took part in a development game against Wigan on Monday and is hoping to be included in the first-team squad. Winger Matty Done (knee) is pushing for a start after making his first appearance since mid-August when stepping off the substitutes' bench in the weekend draw with Blackpool. Midfielder David Perkins, who has missed the last four matches due to a hamstring injury, is also hoping to feature after returning to the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday. Defender Bobby Hassell sits out the second game of his three-match ban, defender Jim McNulty and summer signing Toni Silva (both hamstring), midfielder Jim O'Brien (dislocated shoulder) and striker Mido (ruptured hamstring) are still unavailable as Barnsley look to end a run of three straight away defeats.

Blackpool v Middlesbrough (20:00)

Stephen Crainey and Barry Ferguson are pushing for recalls. Bob Harris started at left-back instead of Crainey when the Seasiders drew 1-1 at Barnsley on Saturday, while Ludovic Sylvestre and Angel Martinez started in central midfield. Ian Evatt returned to first-team action from an foot injury and is expected to retain his place ahead of Craig Cathcart after suffering no ill effects. Boss Ian Holloway is enjoying the luxury of a clean bill of health among his well-stocked squad, and Nouha Dicko, Nathan Eccleston and Nathan Delfouneso could come into the reckoning should he choose to rotate his attacking options.

Middlesbrough striker Marvin Emnes will be back in contention against Blackpool following compassionate leave. The Dutchman returned to his native Surinam to deal with a private family matter and missed the weekend win over Ipswich, but could return to the starting line-up. Teenager Luke Williams made his first start of the season in the absence of Emnes against Ipswich and scored the opening goal, but could be dropped back to the substitutes' bench. Midfielders Josh McEachran and Kevin Thomson returned to the side on Saturday following respective thigh and calf problems and are hoping not to have suffered a reaction. Striker Muzzy Carayol bounced back from a knee injury at the weekend to score the game's second goal after stepping off the bench, and he is pushing for a recall too. Forward Lukas Jutkiewicz (knee), midfielder Nicky Bailey (hamstring) and defender Rhys Williams (ankle) remain long-term absentees.

Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham skipper Stephen Carr will definitely be unavailable. The veteran defender has been ruled out for up to six months after undergoing surgery on his knee. Carr had been on the verge of a first-team comeback following a thigh complaint, but is now sidelined until at least March after scans showed his knee suffered severe damage. Striker Nikola Zigic and defender Curtis Davies may both return to the starting XI having fully recovered from foot and ankle injuries respectively. Midfielder Darren Ambrose was again absent for Saturday's draw at Nottingham Forest and remains a doubt. Keith Fahey was on the bench for that fixture having returned from a troublesome groin injury and the midfielder could be recalled to Lee Clark's starting XI.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle expects to select from the same squad. David Ngog made his first appearance of the season in Saturday's 2-1 triumph over Watford at the Reebok Stadium following a back problem and, although the former Liverpool striker was withdrawn due to cramp with an hour gone, Coyle expects him to take part against Lee Clark's men. Elsewhere the Trotters have no new injury problems, with knee-injury victims Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela remaining long-term absentees.

Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest (20:00)

Crystal Palace have no new injury worries. Skipper Paddy McCarthy is the only definite absentee with the groin injury which has sidelined him all season and is likely to keep him out for another month. Recent signings Darcy Blake and Damien Delaney will therefore continue their partnership at centre-half in the Irishman's absence. Boss Dougie Freedman could recall Brazilian attacker Andre Moritz, who performed well in the home win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend but dropped to the bench at The Valley. Midfielder Jonathan Williams, a substitute on Friday, is pushing to make his first league start of the season after recovering from a calf injury and Blackburn loanee David Goodwillie is awaiting his full debut.

Nottingham Forest have no new injury or suspension problems. Manager Sean O'Driscoll will have been encouraged by Simon Cox's fitness after the striker came off the bench to score the goal that began Forest's comeback in the 2-2 home draw against Birmingham on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether Cox will be fit enough to start at Selhurst Park, though. Dan Harding, scorer of the late equaliser against Birmingham, and fellow defender Brendan Moloney, along with midfielders James Coppinger, Guy Moussi and Radoslaw Majewski are options for O'Driscoll should he wish to make any changes to his starting XI.

Derby County v Charlton Athletic

Midfielder Paul Coutts is on course to return to the Derby squad for the visit of Charlton. Coutts was at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday to watch the Rams lose 1-0 against Huddersfield but the 24-year-old summer signing from Preston was not fit enough to be involved following a bout of flu. USA Under-23 international Conor Doyle replaced Coutts on the right-hand side. Having recovered sufficiently over the weekend, Coutts was back in training with the first-team squad on Monday morning ahead of the Charlton game. Defenders Jake Buxton, Kieron Freeman and Valentin Gjokaj, midfielder Michael Jacobs and forwards Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson were all on the bench at Huddersfield are are options for Clough should he wish to make any changes to his starting XI.

Charlton will be without defender Rhoys Wiggins. The left-back fractured two metatarsals during the opening stages of Friday night's 1-0 defeat by south London rivals Crystal Palace and could be out for two months. Lawrie Wilson came on for Wiggins against Palace and went to right-back with Chris Solly moving to the opposite flank, but boss Chris Powell could opt to recall specialist left-back Cedric Evina at Pride Park. Centre-half Matt Taylor is also out with a foot injury and midfielder Andy Hughes remains sidelined by an Achilles problem, although he is back in training. Striker Ricardo Fuller is pushing to make his full debut after two appearances as a substitute since joining from Premier League club Stoke.

Leeds United v Hull City

Leeds will face Hull at Elland Road without striker Ross McCormack, who will be sidelined for several weeks after twisting his ankle in the weekend defeat at Cardiff. McCormack will undergo a scan once the swelling has gone down to determine the full extent of the injury, but is expected to be out for several weeks, prompting manager Neil Warnock into the loan market. Warnock has limited resources available to replace McCormack. Luke Varney stepped off the bench at the weekend and was later replaced by teenage rookie Dominic Poleon, who made his second substitutes' appearance for the club. Varney is expected to start alongside Luciano Becchio against Hull, although veteran Andy Gray provides Warnock with an alternative option. Davide Somma is not ready to return to match action following his recovery from knee ligament damage. Defender Adam Drury is doubtful after sustaining a muscle strain against Cardiff, while midfielders Paul Green (knee) and David Norris (thigh) remain sidelined, so new loan signing Michael Tonge is likely to continue as Leeds chase a second away league win of the season.

Hull midfielder Seyi Olofinjana will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the clash. The Nigerian started only his second league match of the season in Saturday's home win over Millwall and was replaced in the 58th minute by Corry Evans due to a hamstring injury. Evans will return to the starting line-up if Olofinjana fails to make it. Defender Alex Bruce was also forced out of the action at the weekend after taking a knock to the knee, but is expected to be fit to face his former club. Midfielder Paul McKenna sits out the final game of his three-match ban, striker Matty Fryatt is still sidelined with an Achilles injury and midfield pair Tom Cairney and Jack Hobbs remain long-term absentees due to respective long-term knee injuries. Defender Liam Rosenior, summer signing Nick Proschwitz and Aaron McLean are all hoping to feature after starting on the bench against Millwall.

Millwall v Cardiff City

Millwall will add Chris Wood to their squad. The young New Zealand striker has moved to The Den from West Brom on loan until November 20 and could be in line for an immediate debut after the Lions were thumped 4-1 at Hull on Saturday. Defender Karleigh Osborne faces a fight to win back his place after he was hauled off at half-time with the Tigers 4-0 up, with Alan Dunne taking over at right-back as Millwall reverted to a flat back four. Winger Liam Feeney is out for two months with an ankle injury, full-back Jack Smith remains a doubt with a thigh strain and midfielder Tamika Mkandawire will not be rushed back despite recovering from knee surgery.

Malky Mackay could rest star man Craig Bellamy for the first of two trips to the capital this week. Bellamy scored against Leeds on Saturday but is not long back from a calf tear so Mackay may chose to protect his prize asset ahead of the match with Millwall. Meanwhile Matt Connolly will resume his partnership with skipper Mark Hudson in the centre of Cardiff's defence as Ben Turner is not fit. Turner is joined on the sidelines by Robert Earnshaw (heel), Stephen McPhail (hamstring) and Rudy Gestede (knee) who all miss out through injury.

Peterborough United v Bristol City

Manager Darren Ferguson has promised changes to the Peterborough team. Ferguson was furious with his side's defending on Saturday as Peterborough lost 5-2 at Burnley, leaving Posh rooted to the bottom of the Championship table following defeat in each of their five league games this season. Ferguson dropped captain and centre-half Gaby Zakuani to the substitutes' bench at Turf Moor. Kgosi Ntlhe was rested following his exertions while on international duty with South Africa and midfielder Danny Swanson missed out with a thigh injury. Full-back Ntlhe and Zakuani are expected to return to the starting XI while Swanson will also be a starter if fit. Midfielders Joe Newell and Kane Ferdinand and striker Emile Sinclair could also come into Ferguson's thinking against the Robins. Ferguson highlighted Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's performance on his debut as the only positive to take from the Burnley match and the midfielder is likely to keep his place in the side.

Bristol City right-back Mark Wilson faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the bottom-of-the-table clash with Peterborough. The 28-year-old missed Saturday's 5-3 loss to Blackburn, which saw the Robins ship two goals in injury time, with a hamstring injury and is rated doubtful for the trip to London Road. Scotland defender Richard Foster is set to deputise again should Wilson miss out after standing in at full-back against Blackburn, with manager Derek McInnes calling on his side to tighten up after conceding five goals. Paul Anderson and Steve Davies are likely to start on the bench again, while Ryan Taylor is set to continue his partnership with Jon Stead in McInnes' front line after being recalled at the weekend.

Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion

Gianfranco Zola may have striker Alex Geijo available when his Watford side host high-flying Brighton. Geijo, who has joined on a season-long loan from Italian club Udinese, is yet to make an appearance for the Hornets. But the 30-year-old forward could be involved against the Seagulls having regained match fitness. Skipper John Eustace is a definite absentee as he continues to recover from a minor back operation. Midfielder Prince Buaben remains sidelined with a thigh injury while Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (groin) is also out. The Hornets, who have lost their last three matches in all competitions, will be hoping for more home comforts at Vicarage Road, having experienced their most recent victory there against Birmingham in August.

Craig Mackail-Smith will be available for Brighton. The striker scored his fifth goal in three games during Friday night's 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday before coming off in the second half with a tight thigh. But boss Gus Poyet has confirmed Mackail-Smith is fit and will travel to Vicarage Road. Defender Adam El-Abd required treatment on a facial injury following the Owls game but he too is fine. Andrew Crofts remains a doubt due to a muscular injury so Dean Hammond, who made his first appearance on Friday since rejoining the club from Southampton, should keep his place. Fellow midfielder Vicente is still out with a tendon problem and striker Will Hoskins is recovering from a foot injury.

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