Championship briefing

Team news and statistics ahead of Saturday's action in the npower Championship.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 12:43 Post Comment

Craig Bellamy: May not start for Cardiff

Craig Bellamy: May not start for Cardiff

Charlton v Bolton

Loan signing Mark Gower will be added to the Charlton squad but Burkina Faso international Florent Rouamba has to wait for a work permit. Defender Leon Cort needs a check on a knee injury and midfielder Danny Hollands remains sidelined with a fractured metatarsal.

New signings Robert Hall and Danny Butterfield are available to make their Bolton debuts. West Ham forward Hall and Southampton centre-back Butterfield beat the emergency loan deadline to join Dougie Freedman's squad on Thursday. Right-back Tyrone Mears (blood infection) remains on the sidelines along with Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews (Achilles). Mark Davies (knee) is a long-term absentee and Stuart Holden has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a month-long loan.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Johnnie Jackson & Yann Kermorgant (Charlton) 8; Craig Davies (Bolton) 11

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Huddersfield v Hull

Jamaica internationals Jermaine Beckford and Theo Robinson are expected to be included in Huddersfield's squad despite the former fracturing a knuckle against Panama. Midfielder Keith Southern remains sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury.

Hull defender Abdoulaye Faye will return to the starting line-up for the first time since early February after Paul McShane was ruled out for the season with ankle ligament damage. Midfielder Seyi Olofinjana has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Huddersfield W L W L W; Hull L W L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Theo Robinson & James Vaughan (Huddersfield) 9; George Boyd (Hull) 10

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Ipswich v Leeds

Scott Loach is expected to start in goal for Ipswich after Stephen Henderson was recalled by parent club West Ham. New signing Jason Brown is likely to provide back-up for Loach. Striker Frank Nouble is back in contention after a hamstring injury but winger Lee Martin serves the final game of his three-match suspension for the red card received at Nottingham Forest.

Leeds strikers Ross McCormack and Steve Morison are hoping to return from respective head and calf injuries. Habib Habibou made his debut alongside El-Hadji Diouf up front for Leeds against Huddersfield in their absence, but Warnock could be tempted to start with McCormack and Morison if they are fit.

Last season: Leeds 3 Ipswich 1, Ipswich 2 Leeds 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): David McGoldrick (Ipswich) 20; El-Hadji Diouf, Habib Habibou & Ross McCormack (Leeds) 6

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Nottingham Forest v Brighton

Henri Lansbury is an injury doubt for Forest due to shin and calf problems sustained while on England Under-21 duty. Goalkeeper Khaled Al Rashidi (back), defenders Dan Harding (calf) and Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and striker Marcus Tudgay (broken collarbone) have all resumed training after injury and are available for selection.

Tomasz Kuszczak is fit for Brighton after a back injury but defender Adam El-Abd misses out through suspension. Inigo Calderon will keep his place at right-back in place of Bruno (calf), Ashley Barnes is still suspended for tripping a referee and Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) are out for the rest of the season.

Last season: Nottm Forest 1 Brighton 1, Brighton 1 Nottm Forest 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Billy Sharp (Nottm Forest) 12; Craig Mackail-Smith & Jose Ulloa (Brighton) 11

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Peterborough v Cardiff

Michael Bostwick's hamstring injury is a concern for Peterborough, with Shaun Brisley on standby for a first start in more than two months. New loan signing Florent Cuvelier, signed from Stoke on Wednesday, could take his place in a three-man midfield. On-loan midfielders Davide Petrucci (hamstring) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) are still not fit.

Malky Mackay looks set to stick with the centre-back partnership of Ben Turner and Norwich loanee Leon Barnett, with captain Mark Hudson sidelined again with his ankle injury. Midfielder Jordon Mutch is in full training having been troubled by a niggling foot injury but Mackay may decide against letting Craig Bellamy start for the third time in eight days after his Wales double-header against Scotland and Croatia.

Last season: Cardiff 3 Peterborough 1, Peterborough 4 Cardiff 3

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Dwight Gayle (Peterborough) 18; Heidar Helguson (Cardiff) 8

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signings Stuart Holden and Seyi Olofinjana will go straight into the squad. Winger Michail Antonio has been ruled out for the rest of the season by a groin injury and midfielder Giles Coke is still struggling with a foot injury.

Barnsley will be without on-loan striker Chris O'Grady against his parent club, leaving Chris Dagnall, Jason Scotland and Marlon Harewood to battle for places up front. Midfielder Stephen Dawson is hoping to make his first start since damaging ankle ligaments in January but the Reds will be without injured defenders Jim McNulty (ankle) and Scott Golbourne (knee).

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Michail Antonio (Sheff Wed) 9; Chris Dagnall (Barnsley) 10

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Wolves v Middlesbrough

The absence of goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who broke his hand punching a dressing room tactics board at half-time in Wanderers' 2-1 win over Bristol City, will give Dorus de Vries his first start of the season. Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards will also miss out for Wolves but Stephen Ward returns to the frame after suspension and on-loan Wigan winger Nouha Dicko and goalkeeper Marian Kello are available to make their debuts.

Middlesbrough's Josh McEachran is a doubt after he damaged an ankle in England Under-21s' 4-0 victory over Austria and striker Emmanuel Ledesma is unlikely to make the game at Molineux after suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem of his own. Full-back Stuart Parnaby is back in training after a hamstring tear but the game is likely to come too soon for him, while Julio Arca will not play again this season because of a toe injury.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves) 13; Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) 12

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).


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