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Doncaster will assess a trio of players before the game.

Frederic Piquionne, El-Hadji Diouf and Brian Stock are the three players whose fitness will come under scrutiny as Rovers look to end a run of nine games without a win.

On-loan West Ham striker Piquionne missed the 2-1 home defeat to Burnley with a calf injury but could come back into the frame, while Diouf also sat out the Clarets clash with a leg injury sustained in the heavy loss at Leicester.

Brian Stock replaced Diouf at the King Power stadium but lasted just 22 minutes against Burnley before he too was withdrawn with a knock.

Habib Beye (ankle) is doubtful, while midfielder Martin Woods (knee) and forward Habib Bamogo (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Portsmouth defender Ricardo Rocha has been passed fit for the clash.

The Portuguese centre-half will be available after shaking off the calf injury he suffered during the 1-0 home defeat by Millwall on Tuesday night.

Tal Ben Haim remains on the sidelines with a calf injury and fellow defender Aaron Mokoena has an ankle problem.

Veteran striker Kanu has returned to training following a back injury but is not expected to be involved.

Pompey are currently nine points from safety with four matches remaining.

Rovers, bottom of the table and two points behind, will be relegated unless they win while even a victory would not save them if Bristol City beat Birmingham.

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Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Birm'ham  
Blackpool v Derby  
B'mouth v Reading  
Brentford v Sheff Wed  
Cardiff v Ipswich  
Charlton v Bolton
Huddsf'ld v Brighton  
Norwich v Leeds  
Rotherham v Fulham  
Watford v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

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