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Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Derby and Burnley at Pride Park.

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Shackell: Fitness concerns

Shackell: Fitness concerns

Jason Shackell has been nursed through the week as Derby look to keep their stand-in skipper on the pitch for the visit of the Clarets.

Shackell battled through the final 15 minutes of the home victory over Doncaster last weekend despite his back stiffening up and causing him discomfort in a hamstring.

The defender was excused from training during the early part of this week.

Shackell and teenager Mark O'Brien are the Rams' only fit recognised centre-halves.

Striker Jamie Ward is also a doubt after limping out of the game against Doncaster after just 25 minutes because of a hamstring problem.

Derby are looking to equal their best start to a league season by winning five successive matches for the first time since 1905. That team kept three clean sheets in their first four games, something the present Rams side have also done.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe will assess the fitness of defender Michael Duff ahead of the game.

Duff was acting skipper during Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Barnet and was replaced at half-time by David Edgar after picking up a knock.

Midfielder Chris McCann is set for a return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score an extra-time winner in the 3-2 victory against Lawrie Sanchez's men.

Striker Danny Ings looks set to be sidelined until the new year after suffering a knee injury which requires a cartilage operation in training.

Fellow frontman Martin Paterson remains out of action with a troublesome thigh injury and midfielder Marvin Bartley serves the final game of a three-match ban.

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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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