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McGinn: In contention for Watford

McGinn: In contention for Watford

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Stephen McGinn is in contention for his first Watford appearance for 14 months.

The midfielder suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury at Doncaster in February of last year but has slowly worked his way back to fitness, culminating in a second 90-minute run-out for the club's reserves earlier this week.

Although a starting berth will be beyond McGinn, Hornets manager Sean Dyche must decide whether or not to include the Scot among his substitutes and possibly hand him a late cameo.

Otherwise, Dyche has a fully-fit squad to select from as Watford entertain a Boro side aiming to gatecrash the top six on the final day.

Adrian Mariappa returned from suspension as a substitute in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Peterborough and will again challenge Martin Taylor and Nyron Nosworthy for a start at the heart of defence.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the club's play-off decider.

Full-back Justin Hoyte limped out of last Saturday's 2-1 home win over Southampton with muscle tightness, but is expected to be available for the crucial game at Vicarage Road.

Striker Marvin Emnes has been playing with a niggling knee injury which has been carefully managed, but he too should be passed fit.

Only skipper Matthew Bates remains on the long-term casualty list as he continues his recovery from the fifth cruciate ligament problem of his career.

Boro must win at Watford and hope sixth-placed Cardiff lose at Crystal Palace to leapfrog them into the play-off places, with the Bluebirds knowing even a draw should be enough to see them through because of a far superior goal difference.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:15
Watford v Bournemth
15:00
Brighton v Blackpool
Derby v Cardiff
Fulham v Blackburn
Leeds v Huddersfld
M'boro v Brentford
Millwall v N Forest
Norwich v Birmingham
Rotherham v Charlton
Sheff Wed v Reading

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Fri, 19 Sep 2014

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