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Leeds manager Simon Grayson may be forced to make changes when Portsmouth visit.

United, who slipped to third in the Championship following the 2-2 draw at Leicester on Boxing Day, picked up some "bumps and bruises" against the Foxes and Grayson could make full use of his squad for the second game in 48 hours.

Striker Luciano Becchio left the Walkers Stadium pitch five minutes from time with an injury and he could be one of the players who is replaced.

Defender Andy O'Brien made his return from a thigh strain against the Foxes and he could continue, although Alex Bruce, who was on the bench following a hamstring injury, could come back into contention.

Grayson told the club's official website: "There's a quick turnaround and some will be available and some won't. We'll see where we are.

It's a great test of the squad but it's a great squad."

Michael Brown is set to be missing from the Portsmouth team sheet.

The midfielder, who played in the Boxing Day draw against Millwall, will trigger an appearance-related contract extension if he makes one more appearance.

The cash-strapped club say they cannot afford the new deal so unless a resolution is reached, Brown finds himself in limbo.

Fellow midfielder Richard Hughes was left out on Sunday as he will be in the same boat after his next appearance, which could now come at Elland Road.

Beleaguered boss Steve Cotterill cannot even call on youngster Tom Kilbey, as Pompey would then owe his former club Millwall £50,000.

However, Cotterill is boosted by the return of Greg Halford from suspension.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 24 October 2014
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Fulham v Charlton
Saturday, 25 October 2014
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Millwall v Cardiff
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth
Bolton v Brentford
Brighton v Rotherham
Derby v Wigan
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld
Leeds v Wolves
M'boro v Watford
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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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