Doncaster v Birmingham preview

Team news ahead of Doncaster's Championship clash with Birmingham at the The Keepmoat on Friday night.

Last Updated: 30/03/12 at 21:30

Chimbonda: Sidelined

Chimbonda: Sidelined

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Doncaster are set to be without defensive duo Shelton Martis and Pascal Chimbonda.

Martis has battled with a number of fitness issues in recent weeks and withdrew during the warm-up for Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace with a groin problem.

Chimbonda is facing up to a fortnight on the sidelines after pulling his hamstring during the first-half at Selhurst Park, although boss Dean Saunders will have been boosted by the fact that George Friend played the rest of the match in the Frenchman's place on his return from a knee injury.

Fellow knee victim Paul Keegan enjoyed his first action since August from the bench in midweek, while long-term absentee Chris Brown followed up his cameo against Southampton with the equalising goal after replacing Fabien Robert - who enjoyed his maiden Rovers start in the capital.

Skipper Brian Stock (groin) and midfield counterpart Martin Woods (knee) are

expected to miss out once more, while full-back Tommy Spurr (broken hand) is out for the season.

Rovers are bottom of the Championship table, four points from safety with seven games remaining.

Birmingham welcome back David Murphy.

The left-back's return from a one-match suspension is a welcome one for manager Chris Hughton, who was forced to juggle his backline for last Sunday's 1-1 draw against Cardiff having already been without Stephen Carr (knee) and Jonathan Spector (thigh).

Murphy will now take his usual position, with Peter Ramage on the opposite side of defence and Curtis Davies and Steven Caldwell at the heart.

Carr has now been forced to undergo a small operation on his troublesome knee and looks set to miss the remainder of the season.

Midfielder Keith Fahey missed out last weekend due to a knock sustained in the disappointing 4-1 defeat at Portsmouth and he is again rated as very doubtful.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

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

Footer 365

Premier League: Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini not concerned by Yaya Toure's form

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns over the form or commitment of midfielder Yaya Toure.

Transfer news: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho plays down Cristiano Ronaldo transfer talk

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has played down speculation about signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dundee boss Paul Hartley anticipates a good derby with United

Dundee boss Paul Hartley maintains his players have no fears as they prepare for the derby match with Dundee United.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property