Team news: Jutkiewicz ruled out
All the team news ahead of the weekend's Championship fixtures, with new signing Lukas Jutkiewicz missing Middlesbrough's trip to former club Coventry.
All matches kick off at 15:00 unless otherwise stated
Leeds United v Ipswich Town
Winger Robert Snodgrass is expected to return to Leeds' starting line-up. Manager Simon Grayson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, must decide whether to retain Zac Thompson at full-back - the 19-year-old has started the last three matches - while Andros Townsend, on loan from Tottenham, is likely to start his fourth successive match in an unchanged midfield. Central defender Paddy Kisnorbo is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in the recent win over Burnley and new signing Robbie Rogers is not yet eligible to play due to outstanding paperwork.
Ipswich have received positive injury news. Striker Jason Scotland was forced off with a hamstring complaint after 69 minutes of last weekend's 2-2 draw against Blackpool but should be okay for the Elland Road encounter. Skipper Grant Leadbitter (hip) and defender Damien Delaney (foot) have also both rejoined training this week and stand a good chance of being involved. Midfielder Lee Bowyer, however, misses out on a return to his former employers as he continues to nurse a groin problem. Jimmy Bullard made a welcome return from a serious virus as a second-half substitute against the Seasiders last Saturday.
Peterborough United v Brighton and Hove Albion
Peterborough skipper Grant McCann is expected to return from a five-week lay-off with knee ligament damage. The Northern Ireland international was set to train with the rest of the first-team squad this week and providing he suffers no reaction, will be included in the squad. Tommy Rowe is also expected to be back after missing the defeat to Hull last weekend with an Achilles problem, while Lee Frecklington is on the cusp of a return to full fitness following groin surgery.
Gordon Greer returns to the Brighton side. The Seagulls skipper has completed a three-match ban and is set to step straight back in at centre-half. Adam El-Abd could also return to the back four after he was rested for the FA Cup penalty shootout win at Wrexham on Wednesday night having only recently recovered from a long-term foot injury. Teenage forward Jake Forster-Caskey (dead leg) will be checked over but wingers Kazenga LuaLua and Craig Noone and full-backs Marcos Painter and Mauricio Taricco are still out with hamstring injuries.
Birmingham City v Watford
Liam Ridgewell remains sidelined for Birmingham's home clash against Watford. Skipper and fellow full-back Stephen Carr is closing in on his return from a knee injury but the league encounter comes just too soon. Centre-back Pablo Ibanez (knee) also continues to struggle while midfielder Guirane N'Daw is at the African Nations Cup with Senegal. Jean Beausejour and David Murphy will be given the once over having both required stitches following a nasty clash of heads in the first half against Wolves, although the pair returned to the field after treatment to complete the match and are expected to be okay.
Watford will make a late decision on the fitness of midfielder Jonathan Hogg. Hogg, signed from Aston Villa in the summer, missed last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Reading with a minor knee injury and will be assessed as late as possible. Otherwise, manager Sean Dyche has no new injury or suspension problems. Former Birmingham centre-back Martin Taylor suffered a setback in his recovery this week when he broke a toe playing for Watford's reserves and now faces an extended spell on the sidelines, while fellow long-term absentee Stephen McGinn (knee) continues to up his fitness levels.
Bristol City v Doncaster Rovers
Key players Albert Adomah and Marvin Elliott are struggling with injuries. Winger Adomah has a persistent calf problem, while midfielder Elliott is recovering from a hamstring complaint. The duo are both rated doubtful to face Rovers this weekend. Midfielder Stephen Pearson is available to McInnes once again, however, after serving a one-match ban during the 2-0 defeat to Brighton last weekend, though captain Liam Fontaine remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Doncaster left-back Tommy Spurr is set to continue having impressed against Cardiff last weekend and suffered no reaction on his first appearance for four months following hip and hernia problems. Midfielders John Oster (neck) and Martin Woods (groin) will push for a place in Dean Saunders's line-up having recently returned to full fitness, as will defender Shelton Martis (groin). Pascal Chimbonda is still three to four weeks away from returning after injuring a thigh muscle while stepping up training on his return from a hip flexor complaint. Fellow defender George Friend is three months away from action due to a medial knee ligament injury, while thumb surgery is set to rule veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan out for the majority of the season.
Cardiff City v Portsmouth
Cardiff are sweating over the fitness of three players ahead. Rudy Gestede, Kevin McNaughton and Robert Earnshaw will all be given as much time as possible to recover from their respective injuries in time to face Pompey. Striker Gestede has been struggling with an ankle problem and has missed the Bluebirds' last two matches, while Earnshaw has been receiving treatment on a muscle strain. Full-back McNaughton has been in and out of the side because of injuries in the past two months, and the Scot is currently recuperating from a calf niggle with Darcy Blake set to fill in once more should he not be fit enough to feature this weekend.
Portsmouth have a host of injury worries and the suspension of David Norris to contend with. Midfielder Norris starts a three-match ban after he received a straight red card against West Ham last weekend. The 1-0 defeat to the Hammers proved costly for Pompey with defender Aaron Mokoena and midfielder Hayden Mullins picking up injuries. Mokoena is struggling with a hamstring problem and Mullins a calf injury, joining striker Luke Varney (knee) and centre-half Ricardo Rocha (calf) in the treatment room. Boss Michael Appleton is also without Hermann Hriedarsson after the veteran left-back completed his move to Coventry this week.
Burnley v Derby County
Burnley will be without Martin Paterson and Junior Stanislas. Both players suffered hamstring injuries in the second half of the Clarets' 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough last weekend. Forward Paterson is facing three to four weeks out of action and the prognosis is worse for winger Stanislas, who is set for up to eight weeks on the sidelines. Charlie Austin may partner top scorer Jay Rodriguez in attack in Paterson's absence, while Keith Treacy or Marvin Bartley could replace Stanislas. Bartley stepped into the breach when the former West Ham man hobbled off at the Riverside Stadium, while Treacy maintained match sharpness by turning out for the Clarets' reserve team against Preston in midweek.
Nathan Tyson has suffered a minor setback with his groin injury and will miss out. Fellow forward Ryan Noble will be included in the squad after rejoining the Rams on loan from Sunderland. Meanwhile, striker Steve Davies (skull fracture) and midfielder Jeff Hendrick made their comebacks in the Derbyshire Cup this week and could come into Clough's thinking. Davies wore a protective mask as he played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 victory over Central Midlands League opponents Pinxton while Hendrick played more than an hour after missing five first-team games with an ankle injury.
Coventry City v Middlesbrough
Coventry are set to hand debuts to new signings Hermann Hreidarsson and Alex Nimely. Hreidarsson has this week arrived on a permanent deal from Portsmouth and is a welcome addition at left-back, where City have been struggling of late with Chris Hussey (ankle) and Richard Wood (groin) sidelined. Striker Nimely is also likely to get the nod up front for the goal-shy Sky Blues following his loan arrival from Manchester City. Fellow forward Freddy Eastwood, who only forced his way back into the reckoning in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Derby, is a doubt with a calf problem. Defender James McPake should be okay having been forced off in the second half against the Rams complaining of cramp, but striker Cody McDonald (knee) continues to miss out.
New signing Lukas Jutkiewicz will miss Middlesbrough's trip to his former club Coventry. The 22-year-old is not eligible for the game under a gentlemen's agreement between the two clubs. However, Scotland international Barry Robson will return from suspension after serving a two-game ban for reaching 10 bookings for the season. But manager Tony Mowbray will hope goalkeeper Jason Steele recovers from a thigh problem with Danny Coyne struggling with a calf strain and youngster Connor Ripley, who started against Burnley last weekend, on standby once again. Striker Bart Ogbeche is expected to be sidelined until the end of the month with a hamstring injury, while midfielder Nicky Bailey continues his recovery from medial ligament damage.
Blackpool v Crystal Palace
Matt Gilks is set to return for Blackpool having sat out the past five games with a groin injury. Boss Ian Holloway will be without the services of Lomana Lua Lua in attack after the former Newcastle forward suffered a hamstring strain in the 2-2 draw with Ipswich. The 31-year-old is targeting a return in next weekend's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Sheffield Wednesday, for which he is currently rated as 50/50. Captain Barry Ferguson is eligible to return to the Blackpool midfield having served the final game of his three-match suspension at Portman Road.
Crystal Palace will be without Sean Scannell. The winger serves a one-match ban after he was sent off for two yellow cards during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Leeds. Wilfried Zaha, a substitute against the Whites, would be an obvious replacement although boss Dougie Freedman may have one eye on Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final second-leg against Cardiff. Paul McShane could be in line for his full debut following his loan switch from Hull while fellow defender Peter Ramage has gone back to QPR at the end of his loan spell. Left-back Dean Moxey is still missing with a knee injury and joins long-termers Jonathan Williams (broken leg), Alex Marrow (ankle) and Lee Hills (knee) on the sidelines.
Barnsley v Millwall
Barnsley manager Keith Hill faces a selection dilemma over his strikers. Hill has no new injury or suspension problems and will select from an unchanged squad, but must decide whether to recall nine-goal forward Craig Davies to his starting XI. Fellow striker Chris Dagnall made his debut in last week's win at Leicester alongside Andy Gray, who responded to being handed his first start since November with two goals. Leading goalscorer Ricardo Vaz Te reverted back to a wide role last week - Danny Drinkwater and David Perkins occupied the central midfield berths - leaving Hill to ponder any possible tactical changes for a home encounter. Skipper Jacob Butterfield is sidelined for the rest of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, while winger Jim O'Brien (groin) returned to light training this week and is not expected to be back in contention for another fortnight.
Millwall will still be without suspended defenders Alan Dunne and Shane Lowry. Full-back Dunne and on-loan Aston Villa centre-half Lowry are in the middle of three-match bans following their red cards during last weekend's 6-0 defeat by Birmingham. Darren Ward and Scott Barron came into the back four against Dagenham in the FA Cup on Tuesday night and should keep their places. Striker Darius Henderson marked his return from a hip injury with a hat-trick and Harry Kane got the other two in a 5-0 win so they will continue in attack. Ryan Mason has yet to begin his loan from Tottenham due to a groin injury and fellow midfielders Tamika Mkandawire (knee) and Therry Racon (ankle) are also out.
Reading v Hull City
Reading manager Brian McDermott is set to be without several key first-team players for the clash. McDermott will be missing captain Jobi McAnuff (groin), midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (thigh) and defender Andy Griffin, who has missed the Royals' last three matches with an Achilles injury. Frontman Mathieu Manset has been ruled out after tweaking his hamstring in a reserve-team match last week, and winger Jimmy Kebe is also a doubt after suffering a knee niggle. New signing Karl Sheppard has not played since December 15 and is not yet fully match-fit and the former Shamrock striker is also struggling with a minor knock which looks set to keep him out of McDermott's plans this weekend.
Hull's latest signing Josh King will be included in the squad. The 20-year-old striker, signed on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, could play some part for the Tigers. Manager Nick Barmby expects midfielder Robert Koren to overcome a dead-leg sustained in last week's home win over Peterborough in time. Barmby has no other new injury or suspension problems and is not expected to make too many, if any, changes to his side.
West Ham v Nottingham Forest
West Ham have no new injury worries for the home clash. Abdoulaye Faye returned from a thigh problem to be on the bench at Portsmouth last weekend and should be involved again, while fellow defender George John could be added to the squad following his recent loan switch from FC Dallas. Midfielder Matt Taylor has returned to training following six weeks out with a calf injury and, although he will not be ready for the weekend, has been pencilled for a return at the end of the month. Defender Guy Demel is the only other absentee with a thigh injury. Striker Sam Baldock could return to partner Carlton Cole if boss Sam Allardyce opts for two up front at home.
Marcus Tudgay is expected to return to the Nottingham Forest squad. Tudgay did not travel as the Reds crashed out of the FA Cup to Midlands rivals Leicester on Tuesday night, but the striker should be involved in east London. Fellow forwards Matt Derbyshire, Garath McCleary, David McGoldrick and Dexter Blackstock and midfielders Lewis McGugan and Radoslaw Majewski will come into contention for starts following the dismal 4-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium. Captain Luke Chambers will serve the second game of a three-match ban while fellow centre-half Wes Morgan (ankle), midfielder Chris Cohen (knee) and striker Ishmael Miller (foot) remain sidelined through injury.