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Brown: Set to miss out

Brown: Set to miss out

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, 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
12:15
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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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