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Mokoena: Misses game through suspension

Mokoena: Misses game through suspension

Portsmouth's already threadbare squad will be weakened further by the absence of skipper Aaron Mokoena.

The South African defender starts a two-game ban after collecting his 10th yellow card of the season at Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Pompey are still without striker Dave Kitson, who is halfway through a three-match ban, but versatile defender Greg Halford is back from suspension.

Forward John Utaka suffered a hamstring injury at Forest and is a doubt but winger Nadir Ciftci, who missed out with an ankle problem, has trained this week and should feature.

Defender Ricardo Rocha has been on the bench recently despite hamstring trouble and could be called upon to start.

Danny Webber (cruciate) is still out and Richard Hughes and Michael Brown cannot play due to contract issues.

Leeds defender Andy O'Brien will miss the game.

The former Bolton centre-half will not face one of his former clubs after picking up a hamstring strain in the midweek FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Neill Collins or Leigh Bromby are likely to come into the starting line-up.

Striker Luciano Becchio missed out against the Gunners and is also rated as a doubt by manager Simon Grayson, though his chances of playing seem brighter due to having been rested in midweek with a niggling back problem.

Striker Mike Grella is poised to join Motherwell on loan until the end of the season while left-back George McCartney is available again after he was not allowed to play in the Cup tie.

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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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