Leicester v C Palace preview

League leaders Leicester will check on defender Ritchie De Laet and top scorer David Nugent ahead of Saturday's visit of managerless Crystal Palace.

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David Nugent: Struggling with an Achilles problem

David Nugent: Struggling with an Achilles problem

Both players were withdrawn during the second half of the 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday night as City maintained their 100% home record in the Championship to remain top of the table.

"Ritchie came off with a tight chest. He will be assessed but hopefully he will be okay," said manager Nigel Pearson.

"Nugent got a knock on his Achilles and we had Jamie Vardy on the bench, so we thought it was prudent to take him off at that point. There is no point running a player into the ground."

Defender Sean St Ledger is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will not be involved.

Wilfried Zaha and Dean Moxey are both available for Palace.

Both players sat out Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Barnsley in order to serve one-match suspensions, but are expected to be recalled at the expense of Jonathan Parr and Andre Moritz, who started in their stead at Oakwell.

Bolton-bound Dougie Freedman had departed as manager just hours before the match in South Yorkshire, and Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming, the men who took temporary charge, are both expected to eventually follow Freedman to the Reebok Stadium.

Defender Darcy Blake recovered sufficiently from injury to take a place among the substitutes on Tuesday, but his hopes for a place in the starting line-up may be dashed by Joel Ward, who got the nod at right-back and performed well.

There are no new injury or suspension worries for Palace, although defender Paddy McCarthy remains unavailable with the groin problem that has prevented him from making an appearance this season.

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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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