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Taarabt: Fit for the Hoops

Taarabt: Fit for the Hoops

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QPR could be unchanged as they attempt to move a step closer to promotion.

Skipper Adel Taarabt has been suffering with stomach cramps recently, but still managed 70 minutes of Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Barnsley.

The midfielder, who took his goal tally for the season to 16 with the first-minute winner, was taken off as a precaution but will be fit to face the Rams.

Recalled centre-half Matt Connolly should have done enough to keep his place ahead of Dan Shittu and Fitz Hall.

Full-back Peter Ramage played for the reserves this week after seven months out with a cruciate injury, but will not be considered yet.

Striker Jamie Mackie is still recovering from a broken leg.

Derby boss Nigel Clough has no new injury problems.

Gareth Roberts, who made a surprise return from a knee injury in the win against Leeds on Tuesday night, has since missed some training as a precaution but is expected to be available for the televised game on Monday night.

"Gareth made a big difference to the balance of the team against Leeds," said Clough. "Having him at left-back meant we were able to move John Brayford back to right-back and that helped us look more solid.

"Coming back so soon also highlighted Gaz's character, when medically perhaps he shouldn't have played."

Stephen Pearson set up both Rams' goals in the 2-1 win against Leeds after playing in an unfamiliar left midfield role, and Clough admits he faces a selection dilemma over where to play the Scotland international.

"Stephen would rather play in central midfield, while we think he can do a job out wide on the left," said Clough, who could have Polish forward Tomasz Cywka available again after a knee injury.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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