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Mills: Returns from suspension

Mills: Returns from suspension

Reading captain Matt Mills returns from suspension and is set to replace Zurab Khizanishvili in Brian McDermott's starting XI.

Menahile Jimmy Kebe could make his first start since October after finally recovering from his nagging knee injury after benefiting from an extra week off.

The Royals were not in action after last weekend's trip to Sheffield United was postponed and McDermott could make a few changes.

Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson remains a long-term absentee with a hamstring problem as does central midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson who continues to struggle with a thigh problem.

Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd is reporting no new injury problems ahead of the game.

The Sky Blues boss remains without midfielder Sammy Clingan and centre-back Ben Turner (both knee), with the former tipped to return first over the festive period.

Full-back Stephen O'Halloran is back in training and performing well following his return from a long-term back problem, but needs to undergo the equivalent of a pre-season training regime before being considered for selection.

December 2002 was the last time the Sky Blues won four successive league matches and Boothroyd is expecting a tough test at the Madejski Stadium as his crop of 2010 look to match that record.

He said: "If you are going to be successful you've got to break records, and that's great. If we can keep a clean sheet and get anything out of the game then it will be a positive result.

"As I say, the more points we get then the better it is for us but it presents different problems - the fact people think we've arrived and are better than what we are. And we're not, we've got a long way to go. We're very much a work in progress."

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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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