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Casper Ankergren will be back in goal for Brighton.

The Dane has been confined to the bench as Steve Harper spent a one-month loan spell on the south coast but he has now returned to parent club Newcastle.

Left-back Mauricio Taricco is suspended but Brighton's injury problems are clearing up with midfielders Vicente Rodriguez (thigh) and Gonzalo Jara Reyes (knee) back in training allowing manager Gus Poyet to assess their fitness.

Defender Adam El-Abd played for the reserves this week, his first appearance after seven months on the sidelines with a foot injury, but he will not be rushed back.

Fellow centre-half Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) are still out.

New Coventry loan signing Gary Gardner is in line to make his debut.

The highly-rated midfielder, 19, signed for the Sky Blues from Aston Villa on Thursday on a deal until January and will likely go straight into manager Andy Thorn's starting XI at the Amex Stadium.

As well as snapping up Gardner, Thorn managed to keep hold of star striker Lukas Jutkiewicz despite speculation linking him with a move elsewhere and the seven-goal marksman will lead the line for City.

Midfielder David Bell will be assessed having missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat to West Ham and Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Cardiff due to a knock sustained in training.

Striker Roy O'Donovan continues to miss out as he recovers from a broken bone in his foot.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 31 October 2014
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Norwich v Bolton  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
12:15
Wolves v Birm'ham  
15:00
Blackburn v Reading  
Blackpool v Ipswich  
Brentford v Derby  
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Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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