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Smith missed the 2-2 Boxing Day draw at Sheffield Wednesday with an ankle knock, but he should return to contention against the Rams at St James' Park (kick-off 5.20pm).

Hughton said: "It would have been too big a risk to play him (against Wednesday) but he'll be available on Monday."

Joey Barton (foot) is edging closer to fitness but will not be involved, while Hughton has no fresh injury problems to contend with.

Andy Carroll replaced Shola Ameobi for the last 20 minutes of the Owls clash and will be hoping for a more prominent role, although Ameobi has scored in each of his last four games.

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Friday, 24 October 2014
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Saturday, 25 October 2014
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Millwall v Cardiff  
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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

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