Cardiff v Barnsley preview

Team news ahead of Sunday afternoon's Championship clash between Cardiff and Barnsley at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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McShane: Broke his nose in midweek

McShane: Broke his nose in midweek

Cardiff will be without defender Lee Naylor, who is struggling with back and hamstring injuries.

First-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton (groin) and deputy David Marshall (elbow) remain sidelined so loanees Stephen Bywater and Jason Brown will compete for a starting berth.

Manager Dave Jones will also hope Jay Bothroyd can get back among the goals, the striker, capped by England earlier this season, having failed to score since early February, with the Bluebirds' early league dominance stalling as a result.

Barnsley manager Mark Robins is hoping to pick from an almost full-strength squad for the clash.

Paul McShane is expected to declare himself fit despite breaking his nose in the midweek win over Scunthorpe, leaving only fellow defender Luke Potter on the sidelines.

Potter, who has been out since November, will be missing for another eight months after suffering a recent setback in his recovery from medial knee ligament damage.

Fellow defender Bobby Hassell is expected to overcome the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last two matches, while Jay McEveley appears to have put his recent knee injury behind him after returning to the side at Derby last week.

Striker Marlon Harewood, on loan from Blackpool, is expected to retain his place alongside Danny Haynes after scoring both goals in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Scunthorpe.

Strikers Garry O'Connor and Andy Gray and midfielders Goran Lovre, Jacob Butterfield and Martin Devaney are all pushing for recalls.

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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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