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New signing Ben Gordon could be in line for his Peterborough debut.

The left-back, 20, joined Posh on loan from Chelsea this week and will be included in Darren Ferguson's squad after arriving too late to be involved against Millwall on Wednesday night.

Fellow defender Gabriel Zakuani will be assessed on Friday after missing the last two matches with a toe problem.

Striker Paul Taylor staked his claim for a start after coming off the bench to make one goal and score the equaliser as Posh came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Millwall.

Nicky Ajose will remain on the sidelines. The former Manchester United trainee was forced out of the opening-day victory over Crystal Palace after just 27 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

Another striker, Dave Hibbert, and goalkeeper Joe Lewis are still recovering from knee injuries.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell will be pondering changes to his starting XI.

He was furious after Tuesday's 5-2 home defeat to Southampton, especially with his side's defending after they found themselves three-nil down at the break.

Lee Martin and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas both came on at half-time and made positive contributions, strengthening their claims to start at London Road while the likes of Nathan Ellington must also be in with a shout.

Left-back Aaron Cresswell and central midfielder Grant Leadbitter played a large part of the midweek mauling operating in the wide positions and they could well revert back to their favoured slots to accommodate Martin and Emmanuel-Thomas.

Jewell's cause is not expected to be helped by the likely continued absence of centre-back Ivar Ingimarsson due to a thigh injury.

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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

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