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Portsmouth will be without Richard Hughes for their rematch against Leicester after the midfielder was sent off during Tuesday night's Carling Cup defeat to the Foxes.

Hughes starts a two-match ban, ruling him out of the Championship meeting between the sides as well as next week's visit of Bristol City.

Michael Brown is likely to reclaim his place in the starting line-up in Hughes' absence, while defender Ricardo Rocha, who sat out on Tuesday with a knock, will be checked over.

Strikers Dave Kitson and John Utaka dropped to the bench in midweek and will push for starts.

Defender Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles), frontman Danny Webber (cruciate) and youngsters Tom Kilbey (knee) and Billy Goddard (shin) are still on the sidelines.

Leicester boss Paulo Sousa faces a welcome selection headache after making eight changes for the midweek win on the south coast.

Goalscorers Michael Morrison and Lloyd Dyer, along with midfielder Andy King, were the only survivors from the side that started the Championship defeat to QPR.

Sousa must decide whether to make wholesale changes once more, or stick with the majority of the players that came in on Tuesday night.

Winger Paul Gallacher could be one of few players to keep his place in the team, with the likes of Matt Oakley, Ritchie Wellens, Matty Fryatt and Martyn Waghorn strong contenders to return to the starting XI.

Conrad Logan will hope to keep his place in goal, but Carl Ikeme is usually recalled following cup matches while Chris Weale is also back in the frame after a shoulder injury.

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

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