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Becchio: Likely to miss out

Becchio: Likely to miss out

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Leeds striker Luciano Becchio appears unlikely to win his fitness battle.

The Argentinian, forced out of the action after stepping off the bench in last week's home draw with Watford due to a hamstring problem, has had a second scan to determine the full extent of damage.

Manager Simon Grayson said: "It's looking like he has a slight hamstring injury so he'll be a doubt, although knowing him he'll want to play.

"If there's any doubt, we're at a too important stage to start running risks. If he doesn't play Friday, we've got another game on Monday."

Grayson, who has no other new injury or suspension problems, has plenty of options up front, with Davide Somma, Billy Paynter, Ross McCormack and Sanchez Watt all in contention.

Watt has returned to training following an unspecified problem but winger Lloyd Sam is still struggling with a knee injury.

Reading could be unchnged as they look for a ninth straight win.

Brian McDermott's men have stormed to within three points of second place thanks to their fine form and the manager could name the same XI who beat Leicester 3-1 last weekend.

Captain Matt Mills has returned to the heart of the defence after a month out with a groin injury and forward Noel Hunt marked his comeback from a foot injury with a goal as a substitute last week.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici is back after nine games out with a knee injury but has been restricted to a place on the bench due to the form of England Under-21 international Alex McCarthy.

Alex Pearce is fit after a thigh injury while fellow defender Sean Morrison has been recalled early from his loan spell at Huddersfield.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 03 October 2014
19:45
Blackpool v Cardiff  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
12:15
Leeds v Sheff Wed  
15:00
Blackburn v Huddersfld  
Bolton v Bournemth  
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Charlton v Birmingham  
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M'boro v Fulham  
Norwich v Rotherham  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 10 11 20
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
19 Brighton 10 -2 10
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

Updated Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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