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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Leicester and Reading at the King Power Stadium

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Sven: Pushing for promotion

Sven: Pushing for promotion

John Pantsil could be in line for his Leicester debut against Reading at the King Power Stadium.

The former Fulham full-back has yet to be involved this season. A work permit issue ruled him out of the Championship opener against Coventry while he missed the midweek Carling Cup tie at Rotherham as he was away on international duty with Ghana.

Fellow defender Sean St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) and midfielder Andy King (Wales) missed the Millers match for the same reason and will also bolster boss Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the visit of last season's play-off finalists.

However, Japan international Yuki Abe will not report back from international duty until Friday and it could be too late for him to be involved.

Lee Peltier, scorer of the winning goal against Midlands rivals Coventry, remains sidelined by the groin injury he sustained at the Ricoh Arena while striker Darius Vassell will serve the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against the Sky Blues.

Reading's Mathieu Manset could fill the void left by Shane Long's departure when they travel to Leicester.

Republic of Ireland international Long joined Premier League side West Brom for an undisclosed fee earlier this week after firing 23 goals in 47 starts last season.

Manset looks primed to start against the Foxes after coming off the bench to score two late goals to salvage a point in the Royals' league opener against Millwall.

Reading will be without injured trio Shaun Cummings, Marcus Williams and Simon Church.

Jay Tabb was due to serve the second game of his suspension against Charlton in the Carling Cup but will miss the trip to the King Power Stadium due to that tie's postponement.

Ian Harte and Andy Griffin have minor knocks but both are hopeful of starting.

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Championship Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
15:00
Birmingham v Blackburn
Brighton v Blackpool
Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bournemth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfld
17:15
Leeds v N Forest

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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