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Brown: Set for fitness test

Brown: Set for fitness test

Reading boss Brian McDermott is unlikely to make any changes.

The Royals moved into the play-off places on Saturday with a home win over Portsmouth and McDermott could name the same XI.

Full-back Andy Griffin was on the bench on Saturday after six games out with an Achilles injury but midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson could continue to deputise.

Winger Jobi McAnuff returned from a hamstring injury and is fit while Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici is still missing as he recovers from a knee problem.

Striker Noel Hunt (foot) is out along with on-loan QPR midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (calf) and defender Matt Mills (groin).

Shane Long will continue as the lone striker after he reached the milestone of 50 goals for the club with a brace on Saturday.

Preston boss Phil Brown could again be without striker Chris Brown and defender Sean St Ledger.

Both men are nursing injuries which forced them to miss Saturday's 2-1 home win over Swansea and will be assessed.

On-loan Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo took St Ledger's place in defence against the Swans, with Barry Nicholson replacing Brown and starting in an advanced midfield role behind Iain Hume.

North End boss Brown will be reluctant to make any changes after his side's impressive performance which lifted them off the foot of the table and secured a third straight win.

Brown said: "There was a 100% buy-in by everyone in the squad - the 11 who started, the three subs who came on and the four left on the bench."

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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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