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Ferguson: Thinks James will be fit

Ferguson: Thinks James will be fit

Preston boss Darren Ferguson looks set to be boosted by the return of midfielder Matty James.

The on-loan Manchester United youngster has been sidelined for the past six weeks with a damaged ankle.

United have been overseeing the 19-year-old's recovery from a damaged ankle tendon and Ferguson said: "I should think Matt will be fit."

Striker Josh King, also on loan from Old Trafford, was substituted at the interval during Tuesday's 3-2 home defeat to Scunthorpe after twisting his ankle late in the first half.

It was the same ankle which he damaged at Burnley last month and he will be assessed but defender Wayne Brown has been absent with a hamstring injury and looks set to remain sidelined.

The trip to Preston is likely to come too soon for Darren Ambrose and Sean Scannell.

The attacking duo have returned to training following long spells on the sidelines, but are not expected to feature at Deepdale.

Ambrose, last season's 20-goal top scorer, has been missing for two months with a badly bruised leg, while winger Scannell suffered a knee injury in pre-season.

Full-back David Wright, who managed just one appearance since his summer switch from Ipswich before picking up a calf injury, was on the bench at Norwich on Tuesday and could be involved again.

Centre-half Claude Davis serves the second game of his four-match ban following his red card against Millwall last weekend.

Defender Lee Hills and midfielder Neil Danns (both knee) are still missing.

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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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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