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Bailey: A doubt for Blackpool

Bailey: A doubt for Blackpool

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Matt Phillips will be pushing for a start for Blackpool after coming off the bench in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Peterborough

However, Ian Holloway may be reluctant to change a starting eleven which has won both of their two opening league games.

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks, meanwhile, admitted that he played through the pain barrier against Peterborough with ankle trouble

The 29-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad last week and was a major doubt for Saturday's game but should be back to full fitness for the Derby fixture.

Midfielders Chris Basham and Tom Ince both impressed in the League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday, and may push for a place on Holloway's bench.

Derby midfielder James Bailey is doubtful for the midweek trip to Blackpool after suffering an ankle injury.

The 22-year-old twisted his ankle early on in the Rams' 1-0 win at Watford on Saturday and was replaced at half-time by Republic of Ireland under-21 international Jeff Hendrick, who is expected to deputise for Bailey.

Jamie Ward continues to receive treatment on a hamstring injury, but fellow striker Steve Davies is expected to be fit after taking a knock on the shin during the first half at Watford.

He was replaced around the hour mark, but manager Nigel Clough said: "Steven should be OK."

Central defender Chris Riggott is still some way off a first-team opportunity.

The 30-year-old is current nursing a sore Achilles tendon but is expected to play for the reserve side on Wednesday.

Shaun Barker (knee), Conor Doyle (ankle), Dave Martin (ankle), Russell Anderson (groin) and goalkeeper Saul Deeney (shoulder) all remain unavailable.

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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 Thu, 18 Sep 2014

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