Preston v Middlesbrough preview

Team news ahead of Preston's Championship clash with Middlesbrough at Deepdale on Tuesday (3pm).

Last Updated: 27/12/10 at 13:39

King: Could start up front

King: Could start up front

Leon Cort will play the last game of his one-month loan spell for Preston.

The towering defender has impressed since joining from Burnley and boss Darren Ferguson is hopeful of agreeing an extension to the loan after the Boro game.

Midfielder Barry Nicholson has been an unused substitute in five of the last six games as he works his way back to full fitness after twice breaking a leg.

Nicholson believes he has now reached full fitness and could push for inclusion, while Ferguson should also have midfield duo Matty James and Paul Coutts available after injury.

Iain Hume's 93-day stay from Barnsley has expired but the former Leicester striker is expected to return to Deepdale in a permanent transfer when the transfer window opens in January.

On-loan Manchester United striker Josh King has recovered from an ankle injury and could start up front.

Nicky Bailey could return to the Middlesbrough squad.

The midfielder missed the 2-1 defeat at Doncaster on December 17 with a groin problem, but was expected to return for the Boxing Day clash with Nottingham Forest before it was postponed.

Manager Tony Mowbray otherwise has no fresh fitness concerns as he attempts to guide his side away from the lower reaches of the table.

Long-term absentees Stephen McManus (ankle), Jonathan Franks (herniated disc), Willo Flood (knee), Rhys Williams (pelvis) and Matt Kilgallon (back) remain on the sidelines.

Boro head into the game level on points with third-bottom Crystal Palace and just two better off than North End.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall
N Forest v Birmingham
Watford v Ipswich
Monday, 21 April 2014
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Brighton v Blackpool  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 43 -1 62
10 Blackburn 43 3 61
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Charlton 42 -24 42
21 Blackpool 43 -27 42
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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