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Bellamy: Could face former club

Bellamy: Could face former club

Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd will hope to have Marlon King back in his ranks for the clash.

The striker failed to recover from his thigh injury in time for Saturday's 2-1 victory at Ipswich but is expected to return to contention against Dave Jones' second-placed Bluebirds.

King's comeback presents Boothroyd with a welcome dilemma having watched Clive Platt and Lukas Jutkiewicz combine to bag the goals which secured the club's first victory at Portman Road since 1994, with the Sky Blues boss admitting "it's a nice problem to have".

Boothroyd was thrilled with the manner of Coventry's victory at the weekend and could well be tempted to name an unchanged line-up with no new injury or suspension problems to contend with.

However, his remaining list of absentees all continue to miss out including Danny Ward, Freddy Eastwood, David Bell, Chris Hussey, Gary Deegan and Stephen O'Halloran.

Craig Bellamy comes into the fold to face former club Coventry having been rested for Cardiff's 3-2 win over Bristol City on Saturday.

The on-loan striker has only recently returned from his latest spell on the sidelines nursing his long-standing knee problem and manager Dave Jones knows he must used his prized asset sparingly, making three games in the space of 10 days a tall order.

Jones' decision to leave Bellamy out of his matchday 18 at the weekend means he is expected to feature at the Ricoh Arena against the club he spent one season with a decade ago.

Michael Chopra returned to face Bristol City after his lengthy lay-off recovering from ankle ligament damage, partnering another ex-Sky Blues striker in Jay Bothroyd, and it will be up to Jones to decide who gets the nod on Tuesday night.

Stephen McPhail was forced off with a knee injury midway through the second half of the Severnside derby and will have to be assessed, with fellow midfielder Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and defenders Paul Quinn (knee) and Chris Riggott already on the sidelines.

Darcy Blake does however return to the fold having served his one-match ban.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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