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Coyne: Has a back injury

Coyne: Has a back injury

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Brad Jones is now back in full training following an ankle injury sustained during pre-season and is set to challenge Danny Coyne for the number one jersey.

Coyne has performed admirably between the sticks this season but is struggling with a back problem of his own ahead of the Riverside encounter, and Southgate will leave it as late as possible before making a decision as to who will get the nod.

Midfielder Gary O'Neil could also return after recovering from hernia surgery, which he put off for several weeks before finally having to admit defeat.

Central defender Emanuel Pogatetz is on his way back from a knee operation while Frenchman Didier Digard is also on the comeback trail after a groin injury but neither are ready to face Town. Chris Riggott (ankle) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

Striker Afonso Alves has completed his move to Qatari side Al-Sadd, defender Robert Huth and forward Tuncay Sanli also recently departed for Stoke.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 24 October 2014
19:45
Fulham v Charlton  
Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:15
Millwall v Cardiff  
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth  
Bolton v Brentford  
Brighton v Rotherham  
Derby v Wigan  
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld  
Leeds v Wolves  
M'boro v Watford  
N Forest v Blackburn  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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