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Becchio: Could return to Leeds side

Becchio: Could return to Leeds side

Leeds will be without suspended teenage defender Aidy White for their home clash with Palace.

The 19-year-old was shown a straight red card for a professional foul during the recent 2-1 defeat at Ipswich and serves a one-game ban.

But manager Simon Grayson could be boosted by the return to fitness of several players as strikers Luciano Becchio (hamstring) and Billy Paynter (shin), midfielder Michael Brown (calf) and defenders Alex Bruce and Leigh Bromby were back in full training this week.

Becchio and Bruce have yet to appear this season while Paynter, Brown and Bromby have been sidelined for several weeks.

Winger Ramon Nunez is hoping to benefit from Max Gradel's departure to St Etienne by returning to the starting line-up with Ross McCormack seeking to resume his partnership alongside Andy Keogh up front. New signing Mikael Forssell is also available.

Anthony Gardner and Antonio Pedroza could be added to Crystal Palace's squad for game.

Centre-half Gardner re-signed for the Eagles three weeks ago following his successful loan spell last season but was not considered until he had built up his fitness.

Palace this week received international clearance for young striker Pedroza, who was signed before the transfer deadline from Mexican club Jaguares.

Boss Dougie Freedman is still without full-back Nathaniel Clyne (foot), midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi (hamstring) and Alex Marrow (ankle) and striker Steffen Iversen (hamstring).

Defenders Peter Ramage and Aleksandar Tunchev have extended their loan deals but Ryan McGivern and Alassane N'Diaye have left Selhurst Park since the 1-1 draw with Blackpool last time out.

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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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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