QPR v Cardiff preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff at Loftus Road.

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Derry: Back from ban

Derry: Back from ban

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Shaun Derry returns to the QPR side for the top-of-the-table clash with Cardiff.

Combative midfielder Derry missed last weekend's win over Preston through suspension after collecting five yellow cards this term.

Bradley Orr is also available after a three-match ban but is likely to be on the bench with Tottenham loanee Kyle Walker performing well at right-back.

Striker Heidar Helguson is fit after a neck injury but Rob Hulse should get the nod up front after opening his goalscoring account for Rangers on Saturday.

Tommy Smith could be added to the squad after missing out last week but Georgios Tofas (hamstring), Akos Buzsaky, Peter Ramage and Lee Cook (all knee) are still missing.

Mikele Leigertwood, Rowan Vine and Josh Parker all left Loftus Road on loan this week.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones hopes to boast an almost fully-fit squad for the trip to west London.

Influential winger Chris Burke (thigh) and defender Lee Naylor (groin) missed last weekend's disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest while Kevin McNaughton and Darcy Blake emerged with muscle injuries.

The quartet will be assessed ahead of the Loftus Road encounter, as will midfielder Stephen McPhail who was ruled out due to illness.

Several members of Cardiff's squad have struggled with the virus at the start of this week, while boss Jones battled through last Saturday despite suffering.

But the bug appears to have been shaken off in plenty of time for the eagerly-anticipated clash.

Forward Craig Bellamy will captain the Bluebirds having earlier this week admitted he is finally getting back to full fitness for the first time since his loan move from Manchester City.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
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Brentford v Birmingham  
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Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

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