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Team news for Tuesday night's Championship clash between Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough at Portman Road.

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Martin: Back in contention

Martin: Back in contention

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Ipswich winger Lee Martin is back in contention.

The former Manchester United man has missed the last two games through suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards but could force his way back into Paul Jewell's starting line-up.

Jewell said: "Lee Martin comes back into consideration. He has trained very well since he's been out suspended.

"I will be seriously considering the team, as I do every game. Just because you have won, it doesn't mean to say that automatically the team picks itself for the next game.

"I'm not one for making huge changes for the sake of it but if something needs to be changed, then I will do."

Kieron Dyer has returned to West Ham at the end of his loan spell while teenage winger Josh Carson is certain to keep his place after he scored a brace in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Middlesbrough midfielder Nicky Bailey is out of the trip.

Bailey damaged ankle ligaments during Saturday's 2-1 win at Sheffield United and will sit out the trip to Portman Road.

Barry Robson is likely to miss out once again with a hamstring injury but Matthew Bates suffered no ill effects from his return to action at Bramall Lane after a hamstring tear.

Kevin Thomson, who is back in training after a hairline leg fracture, could be included in the squad but the game may come too soon for Willo Flood, who is close to making a senior comeback after recovering from a dislocated kneecap.

However, Jonathan Franks and Luke Williams (both ankle), Leroy Lita and Justin Hoyte (both hamstring) and Jason Steele (torn side muscle) remain on the sidelines.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth
Brentford v Birmingham
Brighton v Bolton
Derby v Fulham
Huddersfld v Charlton
M'boro v Sheff Wed
Millwall v Rotherham
N Forest v Reading
Watford v Leeds

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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