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Team news ahead of Tuesday evening's Championship clash between Doncaster and Middlesbrough at the Keepmoat Stadium.

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Sharp: Future under the spotlight

Sharp: Future under the spotlight

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Barnes was withdrawn from the action with concussion and the ex-Derby man will continue to be monitored ahead of the game while long-term knee-injury victim Chris Brown is back in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

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfld v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley
19:30
Doncaster v Derby
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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