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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Cardiff and Preston at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Last Updated: 03/12/10 at 14:20

Marshall: Will replace Heaton

Marshall: Will replace Heaton

David Marshall will make his first Cardiff start for two-and-a-half months, with Tom Heaton out for the forseeable future with a ligament injury he sustained at the club's Vale of Glamorgan training ground this week.

His absence sees Marshall come in for his first start since being replaced by Heaton as the Bluebirds' number one in late September.

Defender Paul Quinn (also ligament damage) and Chris Riggott (match fitness) remain unavailable but Chris Burke, Lee Naylor, Kevin McNaughton, Darcy Blake and Stephen McPhail all returned from various injuries and illness to play their part in last weekend's 2-1 defeat to promotion rivals QPR.

Preston boss Darren Ferguson may be reluctant to make changes for the trip to south Wales after seeing his side perform well in a goalless draw against Millwall last weekend.

However, skipper Callum Davidson is available again after a groin injury and Scotland Under-21 international Paul Coutts may also return to the squad. Ferguson's men have endured a dreadful campaign and have won only four of their 19 matches this season ahead of the trip to the Welsh capital.

Ferguson admitted: "Cardiff have got some very, very good players."

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Friday, 18 April 2014
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Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfld v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
17:15
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19:30
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
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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

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