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Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Bristol City and Southampton at Ashton Gate.

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McInnes: No forced changes

McInnes: No forced changes

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Manager Derek McInnes is likely to stick with the same City side which returned victorious from Millwall when they face table-topping Saints.

The Robins have won three of McInnes' five games in charge so far, and the Scot does not have any pressing injury or suspensions concerns that would require him to change his starting XI.

Striker Jon Stead remains on the treatment table, however, and is a week away from a return to full training.

Defenders Louis Carey and Jamie McAllister both came through the club's reserve-team clash with Cheltenham in midweek after injuries, and are starting to push for a return to the first team. But it is unlikely either will feature for City against the high-flying Saints.

Fringe players Ryan Taylor (broken metatarsal) and Nicky Hunt (knee) remain sidelined.

But Dan Harding should return to the Southampton squad for the trip.

The full-back missed last weekend's 3-0 win over his former club Brighton after suffering a knee injury in training, but he is expected to be available.

Defenders Radhi Jaidi and Dan Seaborne and striker David Connolly are the only definite injury absentees.

Jaidi is still out following a recent knee operation and Seaborne is recovering from the head injuries he sustained in an assault in September.

Connolly will miss out again with a groin problem so Lee Barnard, who made his second substitute appearance of the season against Brighton after recovering from a long-term ankle injury, will be in the squad again.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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