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Kitson: Returns from a ban

Kitson: Returns from a ban

Pompey will be without Greg Halford against the Tigers.

The on-loan Wolves defender is suspended following his red card during Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Watford.

But striker Dave Kitson returns from a one-match ban and winger Liam Lawrence is available after completing his permanent switch from Stoke.

Midfield duo Michael Brown and Richard Hughes will not be considered until their contract issues are resolved - both players will be entitled to automatic extensions to their current deals if they make one more appearance.

With Pompey's resources stretched, defender Hermann Hreidarsson could be pressed into action for only his second start of the season following a career-threatening Achilles injury.

Forward Danny Webber is still out with a cruciate injury.

Hull will be without suspended defender Liam Rosenior for the clash at Portsmouth.

Rosenior was shown a straight red card in the home defeat to Leicester on New Year's Day for a challenge which left visiting defender Greg Cunningham with a broken leg and starts a three-game ban.

Kevin Kilbane has joined Huddersfield on loan, so Paul McShane or Nolberto Solano will be in contention to start in place of Rosenior.

Latest recruit Aaron McLean, signed from Peterborough in time to step off the bench in place of Jamie Devitt in the 36th minute against Leicester, is hoping to make his first start.

Winger Richard Garcia will be sidelined for a month due to surgery to resolve a knee problem and on-loan Vito Mannone has returned to Arsenal for treatment on a thigh injury, so Brad Guzan is expected to retain his place in goal.

Central defender Anthony Gerrard shook off an Achilles injury in time to face Leicester, while midfielder Jimmy Bullard is in contention to start after playing the whole of the second half on Saturday as he works his way back to full fitness following a long-term knee injury.

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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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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