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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Norwich and Reading at Carrow Road.

Last Updated: 11/02/11 at 11:21   

Surman: Has not played since November

Surman: Has not played since November

Norwich are hopeful of welcoming Andrew Surman back to their squad for the game.

The summer signing from Wolves has not played for the first team since sustaining a knee injury against Ipswich on November 28 but the midfielder

made a 68-minute appearance in the Norfolk Senior Cup defeat by Dereham on Tuesday and may take his place in the squad should he come through the final training session at Colney.

Paul Lambert has no new injury problems to contend with as his side look to bounce back from last Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Burnley at Turf Moor.

Midfielder Stephen Hughes, who has made just two appearances so far this season, has joined MK Dons on a one-month loan.

Reading have doubts over their top scorer Shane Long ahead of the visit to East Anglia.

Long, who has scored nine times in his last 11 appearances for the Royals, needed an injection in his hip to play against QPR last Friday and for the Republic of Ireland against Wales in midweek, so will be checked on.

Simon Church is likely to be partnered by Noel Hunt if Long is ruled out as Brian McDermott has stated that exciting new signing Mathieu Manset is not yet ready to start a game.

Midfielder Brian Howard is back in contention after recovering from his toe injury and defender Alex Pearce is also back in the squad after a thigh complaint.

Mikele Leigertwood serves the second game of a three-match ban after he was charged for violent conduct by the FA following the recent draw at Cardiff.

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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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