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Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Derby at the City Ground (kick-off 1pm).

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Anderson: Fitness race for Forest

Anderson: Fitness race for Forest

Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren is waiting on the fitness of a quartet of players.

Midfielders Paul Anderson (calf) and George Boateng and strikers Robbie Findley and Marcus Tudgay were all absent through injury as the Reds slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Southampton last weekend.

McClaren, a former assistant manager at Derby under Jim Smith in the late 1990s, will keep a close eye on their progress before finalising his squad.

Forest will definitely be without long-term absentees Dexter Blackstock and Gareth McCleary.

Derby will make a late decision on whether Nathan Tyson will face his former club.

The forward, who made the move along the A52 on a free transfer in the summer, has yet to play for the Rams after sustaining a groin injury during pre-season.

Tyson came through 60 minutes of a behind-closed-doors game against Leicester on Tuesday afternoon unscathed and scored in his side's 3-2 defeat. He is likely to be on the bench if he is included in the squad.

"We will see how he is but in the first three months of the season he has been available for about three weeks, so he has still got a bit of catching up to do," said manager Nigel Clough.

Steve Davies has been struggling with a back problem and could be rested, with Theo Robinson taking his place in the starting line-up at the City Ground.

James Bailey missed the defeat at Coventry last weekend after suffering an ankle injury in training and the midfielder is not expected to return until after the two-week international break in October.

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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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