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Leacock: Hoping to feature for Rams

Leacock: Hoping to feature for Rams

Derby will assess Dean Leacock ahead of the visit of Leeds.

The centre-half made his first start for 13 matches against Coventry on Saturday as a makeshift right-back but was forced off with a painful bout of cramp midway through the second half.

With left-back Gareth Roberts still nursing a knee injury, manager Nigel Clough could be forced into another defensive reshuffle should Leacock not make it.

Theo Robinson staked a claim for a recall with an encouraging performance from the bench at the weekend after replacing Alberto Bueno, who looked tired against the Sky Blues.

Defenders Russell Anderson and Miles Addison and midfielder Stephen Pearson are options for Clough, who believes victory will be enough to secure his side's Championship survival.

Leeds pair George McCartney and Sanchez Watt could both return to contention following unspecified injuries.

Defender McCartney was replaced in the squad for Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Millwall by Paul Connolly and manager Simon Grayson must decide whether to recall the Sunderland right-back.

Grayson, who hopes to have a full-strength squad to choose from, switched Eric Lichaj, on loan from Aston Villa, to left-back at The Den.

Grayson also handed a first start to Jake Livermore, on loan from Tottenham, and he will be hoping to retain his place, while another loanee, Aston Villa's Barry Bannan, and Neil Kilkenny are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up in midfield.

Sixth-placed Leeds, who have lost three of their last four away matches, are four points clear of the chasing pack with six games left.

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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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