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Reading have a doubt over top scorer Shane Long ahead of the game. Long - who has been nominated for Player of the Month for January - has scored nine times in his last 10 games but lasted just 18 minutes of the midweek draw at Cardiff before limping off.

The Republic of Ireland international picked up a hip injury and could be replaced by Noel Hunt if he doesn't make it.

New signing from Hereford, Mathieu Manset, is also in the running to start after he came off the bench to score at Cardiff.

Winger Jimmy Kebe returned from illness to play in Wales and should keep his place but central defender Alex Pearce is still out with a thigh injury.

QPR will check on Tommy Smith and Heidar Helguson ahead of the game. Midfielder Smith missed Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Portsmouth with a hamstring injury and striker Helguson has been sidelined for the last two matches with a groin strain.

Hogan Ephraim and Ishmael Miller are likely to keep their places if Smith and Helguson are ruled out again.

Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzsaky is still unavailable following knee surgery but he is back in training and could be back in contention in a couple of weeks.

Defender Peter Ramage is still on the sidelines following a cruciate injury and strikers Jamie Mackie and Patrick Agyemang are continuing their recovery from broken legs.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 24 October 2014
19:45
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Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:15
Millwall v Cardiff  
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth  
Bolton v Brentford  
Brighton v Rotherham  
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Ipswich v Huddsf'ld  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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