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Billy Sharp remains Doncaster's main doubt.

Sharp missed Saturday's 1-1 draw with Coventry at the Keepmoat due to a family issue and speculation has since emerged that Southampton and Ipswich are set to renew their summer interest in the former Sheffield United striker.

James Hayter led the Rovers line in Sharp's absence at the weekend and netted his side's equaliser.

He could be joined in attack by James Coppinger, who contributed effectively as a half-time substitute for Giles Barnes against the Sky Blues.

Barnes was withdrawn from the action with concussion and the ex-Derby man will continue to be monitored ahead of the game while long-term knee-injury victim Chris Brown is back in training but is still some way from match action.

Having taken seven points from Dean Saunders' first three games in charge, Doncaster are currently without a win in four matches and lie a place above bottom-club Bristol City on goal difference.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns as his side attempt to bounce back from defeat at Southampton.

Boro lost 3-0 to the Championship leaders on Saturday and head for Doncaster determined to return to winning ways.

Defender Seb Hines, who did not travel to St Mary's Stadium after playing for the reserves last week following his recovery from a knee injury, returned to training on Monday morning and could be involved.

However, midfielder Kevin Thomson, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, is unlikely to make the trip.

Striker Jonathan Franks remains on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery, while goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has returned to Wolves with his loan spell at an end.

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Championship Fixtures

Wednesday, 01 October 2014
19:45
Leeds v Reading  
Wolves v Huddersfld  
20:00
Fulham v Bolton  
Friday, 03 October 2014
19:45
Blackpool v Cardiff  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
12:15
Leeds v Sheff Wed  
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Charlton v Birmingham  
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Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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