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Jack Butland: Faces Forest after Stoke move

Jack Butland: Faces Forest after Stoke move

Saturday, February 2

Birmingham v Nottm Forest

Goalkeeper Jack Butland will face Forest despite joining Stoke - the 19-year-old will be loaned back to the Blues for the rest of the season. Striker Wes Thomas is set to make his debut after joining on loan from Bournemouth but Akwasi Asante, Darren Ambrose, David Murphy, Stephen Carr and Will Packwood are out.

Forest boss Alex McLeish is waiting to see whether he will be able to call on Adlene Guedioura - the midfielder is due back in Nottingham following Algeria's elimination from the African Nations Cup. McLeish also hopes to have Kuwaiti goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi on the bench as cover for Karl Darlow but on-loan defender Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and striker Marcus Tudgay (collarbone) remain unavailable.

Last season: Birmingham 1 Nottm Forest 2, Nottm Forest 1 Birmingham 3

Last five league matches: Birmingham L L D D W; Nottm Forest D L W D L

Top scorers (all competitions): Marlon King (Birmingham) 14; Billy Sharp (Nottm Forest) 11

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Blackburn v Bristol City

Rovers right-back Todd Kane, cup-tied for the FA Cup win at Derby, will challenge Bradley Orr for a starting role. Forward Josh King has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem, joining full-back Adam Henley (hamstring), goalkeeper Paul Robinson (back) and midfielder Dickson Etuhu (knee) on the sidelines.

City captain Cole Skuse is a doubt with a knee injury and Neil Kilkenny is out for the next two or three weeks with an ankle injury - but Greg Cunningham has recovered from a knock. Ryan Taylor is sidelined with a dislocated shoulder and in-demand winger Albert Adomah remains on African Nations Cup duty with Ghana.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Blackburn W W D L D; Bristol City L L L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 19; Sam Baldock & Steven Davies (Bristol City) 9

Referee: Mark Haywood.

Blackpool v Barnsley

On-loan Manchester City right-back Reece Wabara is available to make his Blackpool debut and Nottingham Forest loanee Matt Derbyshire hopes to start up front. Centre-back Ian Evatt (knee) remains absent.

Tykes boss David Flitcroft is set to include new loan signings Rory Delap and Chris O'Grady in his squad. New signing Jason Scotland and midfielder Jacob Mellis hope to start and defender Bobby Hassell and Scott Wiseman are fit again but midfielder Stephen Dawson (ankle) and defender Jim McNulty (hamstring) are out.

Last season: Blackpool 1 Barnsley 1, Barnsley 1 Blackpool 3

Last five league matches: Blackpool L D L L W; Barnsley L L W D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Thomas Ince (Blackpool) 15; Chris Dagnall (Barnsley) 6

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Crystal Palace v Charlton

Boss Ian Holloway, who has added strikers Kevin Phillips and Stephen Dobbie to Palace's ranks, will check on skipper Mile Jedinak (eye), while fellow midfielder Andre Moritz (ankle) is also doubtful. Former Charlton defender Paddy McCarthy (groin), full-back Joel Ward (groin) and midfielder Owen Garvan (knee) are still out while Kagisho Dikgacoi is on African Nations Cup duty.

Leon Cort could return to the Charlton side against his former club after a hamstring injury. Winger Danny Green and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips are available after proposed deadline-day moves fell through, striker Danny Haynes is close to fitness after a hamstring injury and will be assessed but midfielder Andy Hughes is still on the comeback trail after a long-term Achilles problem and is not ready.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Crystal Palace D W L D L; Charlton D W W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) 23; Johnnie Jackson (Charlton) 7

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

Derby v Huddersfield

Rams boss Nigel Clough is hopeful leading scorer Theo Robinson will return to the squad after a recent bout of tonsilitis.

Huddersfield are likely to be without striker Jermaine Beckford, due to a hamstring problem. Chris Atkinson could return after five matches out with a hamstring problem of his own but fellow midfielder Keith Southern and winger Danny Ward remain sidelined with respective Achilles and foot injuries.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Derby L D W L D; Huddersfield D L D L W

Top scorers(all competitions): Theo Robinson (Derby) 9; Chris Atkinson (Huddersfield) 6

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Ipswich v Middlesbrough

On-loan Wolves right-back Richard Stearman is expected to make his Ipswich debut, while midfielder Anthony Wordsworth could also feature. Striker Paul Taylor (foot) remains a long-term absentee but boss Mick McCarthy otherwise enjoys a clean bill of health.

Kieron Dyer could make his Boro debut against his first club, while boss Tony Mowbray will make a late decision on Jonathan Woodgate, who has missed the last four games with a calf injury but has returned to training. Striker Scott McDonald (hamstring) and fellow frontman Ishmael Miller (ankle) will be assessed but full-back Justin Hoyte (hip) is facing six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

Last season: Ipswich 1 Middlesbrough 1, Middlesbrough 0 Ipswich 0

Last five league matches: Ipswich W L D D L; Middlesbrough W W L L L

Top scorers (all competitions): David McGoldrick (Ipswich) 18; Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) 11

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Leeds v Cardiff

Leeds are expected to include full-back Stephen Warnock in their squad but another new recruit, striker Steve Morison, must wait for his debut as he is struggling with a thigh injury. Boss Neil Warnock must also decide whether to recall teenage loanee Ross Barkley to his starting line-up.

Striker Fraizer Campbell is set to make his Cardiff debut and defender Simon Lappin is also available after signing a permanent deal. Craig Bellamy is fully fit and ready to feature, meaning the visitors' only long-term injury absentee is Nicky Maynard, who is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Last season: Cardiff 1 Leeds 1, Leeds 1 Cardiff 1

Last five league matches: Leeds L L W L W; Cardiff W W W D W

Top scorers (all competitions): El-Hadji Diouf (Leeds) 6; Heidar Helguson (Cardiff) 8

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).Millwall v Hull

Rob Hulse is set to make his full Millwall debut and winger Scott Malone could be added to the squad after recovering from a back injury. On-loan Derby forward Nathan Tyson is still out with ankle ligament damage but full-back Adam Smith will play after extending his loan from Tottenham.

Hull will include Ahmed Elmohamady in their squad following his return for a second spell on loan from Sunderland. Fellow Egyptian loanees Mohamed Nagy and Ahmed Fathi will not team up with Bruce's squad until next week but goalkeepers David Stockdale and Mark Oxley return to contention. Sone Aluko (Achilles), Matty Fryatt (Achilles) and defender Joe Dudgeon (knee) remain sidelined.

Last season: Millwall 2 Hull 0, Hull 2 Millwall 0

Last five league matches: Millwall L W D L L; Hull D W D L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Andy Keogh & Liam Trotter (Millwall) 6; Sone Aluko (Hull) 8

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Peterborough v Burnley

Posh forward Lee Tomlin and centre-half Gaby Zakuani come back into contention after suspension and African Nations Cup duty respectively. On-loan midfielders Jack Payne and Alex Pritchard may also figure.

Burnley could welcome back top scorer Charlie Austin after a hamstring injury but Michael Duff's return from a similar problem is not a formality. Boss Sean Dyche has Dean Marney at his disposal after the club successfully appealed the midfielder's red card - but defender Ben Mee (knee) remains on the sidelines.

Last season: Burnley 1 Peterborough 1, Peterborough 2 Burnley 1

Last five league matches: Peterborough W L W L D; Burnley L W W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Dwight Gayle (Peterborough) 14; Charlie Austin (Burnley) 23

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Sheff Wed v Brighton

Jeremy Helan is available for Wednesday after extending his loan move from Manchester City and fellow loan signing, Swansea striker Leroy Lita, could also get a start after scoring the winner at Charlton. Boss Dave Jones has no new injury or suspension worries.

Matthew Upson could make his Brighton debut after his switch from Stoke, with captain Gordon Greer facing a spell out with a hamstring injury. Right-back Bruno could finally be fit following Achilles trouble, winger Will Buckley is expected to be available after a hamstring twinge and Tomasz Kuszczak returns in goal after Casper Ankergren got another run-out in the FA Cup.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Sheff Wed D L W D W; Brighton L W W D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Michail Antonio & Chris O'Grady (Sheff Wed) 6; Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) 11

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Watford v Bolton

Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola is expected to rotate his side once more, with Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney set for recalls. Nat Chalobah, Marco Cassetti, Lloyd Doyley and Christian Battocchio are also pushing for returns, while midfielder Ikechi Anya (hamstring) and defender Neuton (back) will be assessed.

Craig Dawson is in line to make his Bolton debut after joining on loan from West Brom - he will contest a place at the heart of defence with Zat Knight and Tim Ream. The match may come too soon for new midfielder Medo Kamara, while Keith Andrews (thigh and Achilles) remains sidelined and Stuart Holden and David Wheater will continue their rehabilitation from lengthy knee injury absences in an under-21 game tonight.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Watford L W W W L; Bolton L W L D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Matej Vydra (Watford) 18; Craig Davies (Bolton) 9

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).


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