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Team news for Monday's Championship clash between Norwich and Derby at Carrow Road.

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Roberts: May be able to return

Roberts: May be able to return

Derby will be without in-form striker Jamie Ward.

Ward has proved a big hit at Pride Park since joining in February - scoring four goals - but will miss the next two games through suspension after being shown a straight red card against Burnley on Saturday.

That blow could be tempered by the news that Gareth Roberts may return to the fold after missing out against the Clarets through illness.

Should he be passed fit, Roberts looks certain to be recalled to manager Nigel Clough's starting XI, meaning Russell Anderson will make way.

This game will prove Shaun Barker's final act of the campaign, with the midfielder set to undergo knee surgery later this week.

Dean Leacock is struggling through illness and will be assessed, but Paul Green (knee), Chris Porter (hamstring), Jake Buxton (groin), Tomasz Cywka (thigh) and Saul Deeney (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert is unlikely to make any changes to his line-up.

The Canaries romped to a 5-1 victory over Ipswich in the East Anglia derby at Portman Road on Thursday night and Lambert is expected to keep faith with the same XI.

Canada striker Simeon Jackson, with five goals in as many games, should again partner captain Grant Holt in attack.

Forward Dani Pacheco, on loan from Liverpool, put the icing on the cake with the fifth against Town but is expected to be on the bench.

Striker Chris Martin, back after a hamstring injury, could replace Sam Vokes - recalled by Wolves - on the bench while Oli Johnson has returned from his loan spell at Yeovil and is another possible option.

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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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