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Caulker: Has a hip problem

Caulker: Has a hip problem

Steven Caulker is a doubt for City.

The on-loan Tottenham defender was forced off after 34 minutes of the 4-1 victory at Coventry on Saturday with a recurrence of the hip problem that saw him substituted in the previous game against Scunthorpe.

"It is one we looked closely at and the medical people told me he was fine to play. He had a fitness test before the game and his movement was fine," said City manager Keith Millen.

"But he had a bruise on his hip and, if you get a whack on it, then you are going to be sore. It was a bit of a gamble and the lad was happy to play, but I don't think he has made it worse or done any long-lasting damage.

"Damion Stewart came in and won everything in the air and he can step in against Portsmouth if Steven is not ready."

Midfielders Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Lee Johnson and strikers Brett Pitman and Andy Keogh are also available for recalls.

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill has no new injury or suspension problems ahead of the trip to Bristol.

Midfielder Hayden Mullins and utility player Joel Ward were major doubts ahead of the game against Sheffield United at the weekend with calf problems but both started, with Mullins lasting the full match and Ward coming off after 71 minutes.

Cotterill employed Ward in an unfamiliar position behind lone striker Dave Kitson in the 1-0 win against the Blades and it remains to be seen whether he sticks with the youngster or opts to start with veteran forward Kanu.

Aaron Mokoena is pushing for a starting role after some impressive performances off the bench in recent weeks.

Midfielder Liam Lawrence continues to be sidelined with a calf injury that is expected to keep him out for another two or three weeks.

In-form Pompey are looking for a seventh straight win and a seventh clean sheet on the spin.

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Championship Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
15:00
Birmingham v Blackburn
Brighton v Blackpool
Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bournemth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfld
17:15
Leeds v N Forest

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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