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Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Derby and Reading at Pride Park.

Last Updated: 17/12/10 at 11:48

Savage: Set to return

Savage: Set to return

Captain Robbie Savage and midfield partner James Bailey are expected to return to the Derby starting line-up against the Royals.

Savage missed the defeat to Bristol City with an ankle injury while Bailey was ill last weekend. Both players have resumed training.

Rams boss Nigel Clough is considering resting Tomasz Cywka after feeling the Polish forward looked tired at Ashton Gate, where he made his eighth consecutive start.

Dean Moxey could also come back into the team at full-back should Clough wish to make further changes.

Striker Shefki Kuqi and goalkeeper Frank Fielding will be missing from the squad after returning to Swansea and Blackburn respectively following the end of their loan spells.

Reading could move up to seventh in the Championship, if they can find the net at Pride Park.

The Royals are on a winless run of six games, having drawn their last five and failed to score in the last two.

Long-term absentee and usual Reading captain Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) completed 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek and the defender could feature at Pride Park. His Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson (knee) is also back in training but the defensive midfielder is not expected to start.

Young midfielder Jake Taylor came through an hour of the reserve match following his recovery from knee surgery and will rejoin full training soon.

Irish defender Julian Kelly (hamstring) is another injury concern but was not expected to compete for a first-team berth.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
19:45
Brighton v Yeovil  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:15
Burnley v Ipswich  
15:00
Birmingham v Leeds  
Bournemth v N Forest  
Charlton v Blackburn  
Derby v Watford  
Doncaster v Reading  
Huddersfld v Leicester  
Middlesbro' v Barnsley  
QPR v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 44 37 96
2 Burnley 44 34 89
3 Derby 44 30 81
4 QPR 44 15 76
5 Wigan 43 15 70
6 Reading 44 12 67
7 Brighton 44 12 66
8 N Forest 44 7 65
9 Ipswich 44 6 65
10 Blackburn 44 5 64
11 Bournemth 44 -1 63
12 Watford 43 17 60
13 Middlesbro' 44 7 58
14 Bolton 44 -3 55
15 Sheff Wed 44 1 53
16 Leeds 44 -10 53
17 Huddersfld 44 -8 50
18 Charlton 43 -23 45
19 Doncaster 44 -28 44
20 Millwall 44 -29 44
21 Birmingham 43 -13 43
22 Blackpool 44 -27 43
23 Barnsley 44 -30 39
24 Yeovil 44 -26 37

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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