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Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Leeds and Coventry at Elland Road.

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Leeds will be without winger Sanchez Watt for the game.

Watt, on loan from Arsenal, missed the midweek draw at Hull due to a hamstring strain and is still struggling.

Central defender Andy O'Brien passed a late test ahead of the game at the KC Stadium and came through unscathed following a hamstring strain, so he is likely to continue alongside Alex Bruce at the heart of the defence.

Leeds' squad was boosted by the return of defender Richard Naylor, striker Ramon Nunez and midfielders Adam Clayton and Neil Kilkenny in midweek, while Davide Somma returned to the starting line-up alongside Luciano Becchio.

Manager Simon Grayson has no other new injury or suspension problems as his side look to secure only their second win in eight league matches.

Coventry will be without a handful of key players as they look to turn around an alarming dip in form.

Skipper Lee Carsley, fellow midfielder Sammy Clingan and central defenders Ben Turner, James McPake and Nathan Cameron all miss out at Elland Road with the Sky Blues in the midst of a nine-match winless sequence.

Clingan was due to start Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest but felt a twinge in the warm-up to the troublesome knee injury he has only recently worked his way back from.

Replacement centre-back Nathan Cameron stepped in at the last minute but was then duly forced off at half-time with a thigh strain, with the club currently awaiting the results of a scan.

Carsley will be back later this month as he recovers from double Achilles and hernia surgery, Turner is deemed not yet ready to return from his lengthy spell on the sidelines nursing a knee problem while McPake also remains out with his lower back complaint.

Looking ahead to the trip to Leeds, Sky Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd said: "That arena, that screaming mob, is not be a place to go if you haven't got any bottle. So we're going to find out what we're all about on Saturday. I am absolutely dying for it. I'm really looking forward to it because I'm ready for it and I want us as a club to be ready for it."

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:15
Sheff Wed v N Forest
15:00
Brighton v Charlton
Derby v Ipswich
Fulham v Cardiff
Leeds v Bolton
M'boro v Reading
Millwall v Blackpool
Norwich v Bournemth
Rotherham v Brentford
Watford v Huddersfld

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 4 7 10
2 Watford 4 5 9
3 Norwich 4 5 9
4 Wolves 4 2 9
5 Charlton 4 2 8
6 Sheff Wed 4 2 8
7 Derby 4 4 7
8 Cardiff 4 2 7
9 Millwall 4 2 7
10 Blackburn 4 0 7
11 Bournemth 4 3 6
12 M'boro 4 1 6
13 Brighton 4 1 6
14 Rotherham 4 -1 6
15 Brentford 4 0 5
16 Birmingham 4 -1 5
17 Ipswich 4 -1 4
18 Wigan 4 -1 4
19 Reading 4 -4 4
20 Huddersfld 4 -5 4
21 Leeds 4 -6 3
22 Bolton 4 -5 1
23 Blackpool 4 -5 0
24 Fulham 4 -7 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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