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Kitson: Rib injury

Kitson: Rib injury

Burnley manager Eddie Howe is waiting on the fitness of midfielder Dean Marney.

The former Tottenham midfielder missed Saturday's 4-2 victory over Derby with a knock sustained in last Tuesday's clash with Middlesbrough.

Even if he can prove his fitness, Marney may well have to settle for a place on the bench given the Clarets' impressive performance last time out.

Midfielder Marvin Bartley will definitely return after completing his three-match ban at the weekend.

Chris McCann is certain to play again after scoring in his first start since September 2009 against the Rams.

Strikers Charlie Austin and Martin Paterson remain sidelined as eighth-placed Burnley step up their efforts to secure a play-off berth.

Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson sustained a suspected fractured rib in Saturday's goalless draw with Swansea and is unlikely to feature at Turf Moor.

Pompey defender Ritchie De Laet could also be added to the extensive injured list at Fratton Park after limping out of the action against Swansea with a calf strain.

Liam Lawrence (calf) and fellow midfielder Nadir Ciftci (ankle) remain sidelined while defender Ricardo Rocha is suspended for the remainder of the season.

Although winger David Cotterill is available again, defender Ibrahima Sonko, one of only four substitutes on Saturday, could miss out under the rule allowing sides to name only six loan players on the team-sheet.

Manager Steve Cotterill said: "How we've managed to get to where we are in the table has been a credit to the players. It's been almost a miracle.

"I should imagine there are teams below with much larger squads who would love to have as many points as we are."

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall
N Forest v Birmingham
Watford v Ipswich
Monday, 21 April 2014
Birmingham v Blackburn  
Brighton v Blackpool  
Burnley v Wigan  
Derby v Barnsley  

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 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 43 -1 62
10 Blackburn 43 3 61
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Charlton 42 -24 42
21 Blackpool 42 -26 42
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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