Bristol City v Preston preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Bristol City and Preston at Ashton Gate.

Last Updated: 05/11/10 at 10:21

Parkin: Back for Preston

Parkin: Back for Preston

North End are boosted by the return of striker Jon Parkin for the trip.

The powerful frontman was suspended during last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Leicester and could go straight back into the starting line-up.

On-loan Manchester United striker Josh King, 18, is out of action because of an ankle injury and his three-month loan ends at the end of next week.

King will be sidelined beyond then and Ferguson will decide in the next few days whether to extend the loan as fellow frontman Chris Brown will be out for another five weeks after a knee operation.

Midfielder Barry Nicholson, a long-term absentee with a broken leg, is edging closer to a first-team return.

Cole Skuse could come back into the reckoning for ther hosts.

It is hoped the midfielder will train for the first time since suffering a heel injury in the defeat at Cardiff in mid-October.

Manager Keith Millen has no new problems although defender Christian Ribeiro (groin and hip) and last season's top scorer Nicky Maynard (knee) are continuing to make progress.

Millen said: "Both of them have been in for checks. There's nothing sinister in that, we just want to keep an eye on them.

"We hope Christian will be back very soon, and Nicky before Christmas."

Meanwhile, on-loan Wolves striker Sam Vokes is also nearing a comeback following his hamstring tear.

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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
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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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