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Midfielder Robert Koren misses out as he starts his recovery from a hernia operation although he should be back training again in three weeks. Whether the Slovenia international is able to play any part in the hectic festive period remains to be seen.

Left-back Joe Mattock is already back in training after missing last weekend's victory at Sheffield Wednesday with a foot injury and will now challenge Marek Cech to regain his place in Roberto Di Matteo's starting XI, although Cech is favourite to continue having done well.

Winger Jerome Thomas is also okay having shaken off a back problem to start at Hillsborough before coming off with a tight hamstring while midfielder Filipe Teixeira (thigh/groin) is also available.

Striker Roman Bednar and defender Shelton Martis shook off flu-like symptoms to take their place among the substitutes against the Owls and they can expect to be on the bench again.

Apart from Koren, long-term absentee Ishmael Miller (knee) has been given the green light to step up his recovery and could be available in late January. There is still no date, however, for James Morrison (heel) and Neil Clement (knee).

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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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