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Lees: Back for Leeds

Lees: Back for Leeds

Leeds defender Tom Lees is expected to return to the side.

Lees missed Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Barnsley due to concussion sustained at Derby on Boxing Day, but is likely to return to help shore up Leeds' leaky defence.

Manager Simon Grayson said he was "embarrassed" by his players' performance at Oakwell and can be expected to make several other changes as Leeds look to halt a run of three straight defeats.

Winger Robert Snodgrass remains sidelined following his appendix operation on Thursday, as does skipper Jonny Howson, who has missed the last four games due to a knee injury.

Midfielder Adam Clayton and striker Luciano Becchio could return to the starting line-up and Grayson may include Alex Bruce in his back four following his early recall from his loan spell at Huddersfield.

New loan signing Andros Townsend goes straight into the squad.

Leeds have slipped to 10th place in the table, four points adrift of the play-offs, after taking only one point from their last four matches.

Defender Michael Duff remains Burnley's only injury concern.

A hamstring problem ruled Duff out of the Claret's 1-0 triumph over Hull on New Year's Eve - a victory that stretched their current purple patch to six wins in seven matches - and he will be assessed before the Elland Road clash.

Elsewhere competition for places in Eddie Howe's matchday squad is rife, with winger Junior Stanislas targeting a return to the 16 after Keith Treacy took his starting berth against Hull.

Howe is relishing a Roses battle that is sure to be played out before a fervent crowd.

"The game against Leeds last was the first time that I've sampled that atmosphere at Elland Road and I thought it was a great game and a great atmosphere," he said.

"We'll be very keen to go there and try and get a positive result. It would mean everything to us and our supporters so hopefully we can do that."

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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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