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Buckley: Hamstring injury

Buckley: Hamstring injury

Gonzalo Jara Reyes should be fit for Brighton but Will Buckley misses out on a return to his former club.

Chile international Reyes suffered a knee injury during Saturday's goalless draw at Birmingham but boss Gus Poyet expects him to be available.

However, winger Buckley tweaked a hamstring during the warm-up at St Andrew's and has been ruled out.

Midfielder Vicente and striker Will Hoskins are out with thigh injuries and join long-term absentees Gary Dicker (leg), Adam El-Abd (foot) and Tommy Elphick on the sidelines.

Defender Lewis Dunk is pushing to return after he was rested on Saturday and on-loan Leeds forward Billy Paynter could start after impressing on his debut as a substitute.

Watford hope to receive a boost as they assess a key quartet.

Skipper John Eustace (back) and defender Lloyd Doyley (thigh) stand an outside chance of featuring at Vicarage Road having missed Saturday's thrilling 3-2 victory over Peterborough, a win which ended a run of four successive defeats.

On-loan pair Michael Kightly and Craig Beattie, who was hoping to make his debut following his switch from Swansea, were also ruled out with hamstring injuries.

The latter pair will be monitored prior to the clash, although it is Eustace and Doyley who stand a better prospect of returning in time to face a Seagulls side who are winless in eight league matches.

Centre-back Martin Taylor continues to miss out with his collarbone complaint, as does midfielder Stephen McGinn (knee).

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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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