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Blackpool could be without veteran defender Ian Evatt.

Evatt hobbled off the pitch with an ankle injury during the Seasiders' 2-2 draw with Coventry on Tuesday and the centre-back is likely to be replaced by Neal Eardley who came on against the Sky Blues.

Eardley has been nursing a dislocated finger and a foot injury, but will be the most obvious replacement should Evatt not make it.

Manager Ian Holloway tried to replace Evatt with Matt Phillips before Coventry's second goal and his protests resulted in a touchline ban, which he will serve when the Robins visit Bloomfield Road.

Midfielder Elliot Grandin (foot) was the only absentee against the Sky Blues and he looks set to miss out once more.

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken could make a return between the sticks for Bristol City.

Gerken has played second fiddle to David James in the City goal for much of the season, but after a jittery performance from James in midweek against Reading - the former England stopper was partially at fault for two of the Royals' three goals - he could be given a chance by boss Keith Millen.

Cole Skuse is unlikely to travel to Bloomfield Road with the Robins. The defender was taken ill before the 3-2 defeat to Reading and has not trained since.

Jamie McAllister still has a number of weeks on the sidelines as he recuperates from an ankle injury.

Liam Fontaine (ankle) will not feature until after the international break although the defender has begun running work in training this week.

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Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Birm'ham  
Blackpool v Derby  
B'mouth v Reading  
Brentford v Sheff Wed
Cardiff v Ipswich  
Charlton v Bolton
Huddsf'ld v Brighton
Norwich v Leeds  
Rotherham v Fulham  
Watford v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Watford 12 11 24
2 Derby 12 12 23
3 M'boro 12 9 23
4 Norwich 12 10 21
5 N Forest 12 9 21
6 Ipswich 12 6 20
7 Wolves 12 3 20
8 Charlton 12 3 19
9 B'mouth 12 3 18
10 Brentford 12 -1 18
11 Sheff Wed 12 0 17
12 Cardiff 12 0 16
13 Blackburn 12 -2 16
14 Leeds 12 -3 15
15 Rotherham 12 -3 15
16 Reading 12 -5 15
17 Huddsf'ld 12 -6 15
18 Millwall 12 -3 13
19 Wigan 12 -2 11
20 Brighton 12 -3 11
21 Birm'ham 12 -7 11
22 Fulham 12 -9 10
23 Bolton 12 -12 8
24 Blackpool 12 -10 6

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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