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Hammond: Back for Saints

Hammond: Back for Saints

Leaders Southampton have no new injury concerns.

Defenders Radhi Jaidi and Dan Seaborne are boss Nigel Adkins' only absentees.

Tunisian veteran Jaidi remains sidelined following a recent knee operation and fellow centre-half Seaborne is continuing his recovery from head injuries sustained in an assault in September.

Skipper Dean Hammond is expected to return in midfield after he was rested for the 4-2 win at Coventry last time out while striker Lee Barnard is pushing for a place in the squad having recovered from a long-term ankle injury.

Adkins loaned out strikers Jonathan Forte and Sam Hoskins and defender Jack Saville over the international break.

Brighton can welcome back a host of injured players.

Full-back Marcos Painter (leg), midfielders Vicente (thigh) and Gonzalo Jara Reyes (knee) and forward Will Hoskins (thigh) all missed the win over Barnsley a fortnight ago but are now available to boss Gus Poyet.

And defender Adam El-Abd, last season's player of the year, is also back in training for the first time this season after a long-term foot injury, although he is unlikely to be rushed into action.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper plays the final game of his month-long spell on loan from Newcastle, although Brighton hope to extend his stay.

Centre-half Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.

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Championship Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
15:00
Birmingham v Blackburn
Brighton v Blackpool
Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley  
Ipswich v Bournemth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfld
17:15
Leeds v N Forest

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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