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Team news ahead of Friday night's Championship clash between Reading and QPR at The Madejski Stadium.

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Smith: Faces late fitness test

Smith: Faces late fitness test

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, 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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