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Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Sheffield United and Middlesbrough at Bramall Lane.

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Evans: Has a knee injury

Evans: Has a knee injury

Striker Ched Evans is a major doubt for Sheffield United.

The Welshman is suffering from a knee injury and was substituted in the 3-0 defeat at QPR.

Defender Shane Lowry is nearing a return to fitness after missing the Loftus Road defeat with a knee problem.

But Lee Williamson will definitely miss out through suspension as he serves the second match of his four-game ban.

Three players left Bramall Lane on Thursday, with Richard Wright and Stephen Jordan having their contracts terminated by mutual consent and loanee Jean Calve returning to parent club AS Nancy.

United's survival hopes are hanging by a thread, with the club seven points adrift of safety with just seven games to go.

Middlesbrough midfielder Nicky Bailey could return to the squad.

The former Charlton player missed last Saturday's 3-3 draw with Leicester because of a groin injury but has returned to training and is in with a chance.

However, Scotland international Barry Robson is likely to sit out once again with a hamstring problem.

Willo Flood is unlikely to be risked at Bramall Lane as he continues his recovery from the dislocated kneecap he suffered on the opening day of the campaign, although manager Tony Mowbray is confident he could be as little as a week away after getting two reserve team outings under his belt.

Defender Matthew Bates could return to contention for the first time since suffering a hamstring tear at the beginning of February but Kevin Thomson (hairline leg fracture), Jonathan Franks (ankle), Leroy Lita (hamstring) and Jason Steele (torn side muscle) remain on the sidelines.

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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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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