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Luke Varney returns to the Portsmouth attack.

Varney has missed the last three matches, from which Pompey picked up just one point, through suspension after he was sent off against Hull last month.

Fellow striker Dave Kitson is close to fitness after missing the last five games with a rib injury and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Defender Aaron Mokoena is pushing to return to the starting line-up after a slight back problem.

Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson could keep his place after making his league debut in the 1-0 defeat at Leeds last time out.

Henderson, who joined from Bristol City over the summer, got the nod ahead of regular number one Jamie Ashdown.

Barnsley pair Craig Davies and Rob Edwards are back in contention following long-term injuries.

Davies, a summer signing from Chesterfield, has been sidelined since August due to a groin problem, while defender Edwards has been out since early September with a torn hamstring.

Manager Keith Hill, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is also confident skipper Bobby Hassell can shake off a knock sustained in the win over Coventry last time out.

But midfielder David Perkins is not likely to recover from a hamstring strain, while long-term absentees Matt Done and Danny Haynes (both hamstring) remain sidelined.

Midfielders Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) and Goran Lovre (knee) are once again out, alongside defender Luke Potter (knee).

The Tykes are aiming to extend their unbeaten league run to eight matches.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 24 October 2014
19:45
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Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:15
Millwall v Cardiff  
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth  
Bolton v Brentford  
Brighton v Rotherham  
Derby v Wigan  
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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