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O'Brien: Shoulder injury

O'Brien: Shoulder injury

Mark O'Brien could line up for Derby with the help of a pain-killing injection.

The central defender was forced off during the first half of the 3-1 home victory over Portsmouth at the weekend with a shoulder injury.

Subsequent scans revealed a sprained shoulder joint and O'Brien is rated 50-50 for the game against the Bluebirds.

Theo Robinson is another casualty from the Portsmouth match after a hamstring problem forced him off and although Chris Maguire suffered a broken nose against Pompey, he is expected to play.

However, with Robinson joining leading scorer Steven Davies (fractured skull) and summer signing Nathan Tyson (groin) on the sidelines, manager Nigel Clough is left searching for a new strike pairing.

That leaves 15-year-old schoolboy Mason Bennett, 18-year-old Callum Ball, Tomasz Cywka and Conor Doyle battling for a place alongside Maguire. Although another option could be to bring Jamie Ward in from his wide position.

Cardiff welcome back defender Anthony Gerrard.

Gerrard was suspended for the 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday after picking up five yellow cards over the course of the season.

However, the centre-back is now eligible as Cardiff go in search of their first away win in the league since the opening day of the campaign.

Forward Kenny Miller is also available for manager Malky Mackay following his recovery from a head injury. However, the Bluebirds boss is likely to stick with hotshot Joe Mason up front.

Mason, a summer signing from Plymouth, has fired three goals in his last three appearances.

Striker Rudy Gestede is two weeks away from from a return from a hamstring injury.

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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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