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Team news: Lallana in line for Saints return

Team news: Lallana in line for Saints return
By PA Sport

21/10/2011 at 16:48Updated 21/10/2011 at 22:57

All the team news ahead of the Championship weekend with Adam Lallana in contention to return to the Southampton side.


Peterborough United v Leeds United

Manager Darren Ferguson will choose from an unchanged squad when Peterborough host Leeds. Ferguson has named the same starting XI for the last two matches and Posh have moved within a whisker of the Championship play-off places following victories against Bristol City and Cardiff. Paul Taylor could be one player to force his way into Ferguson`s thinking after climbing off the bench to score the winning goal in injury time against Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Leeds will be without first-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan so Paul Rachubka will continue at Peterborough. Lonergan fractured a finger in the recent win at Doncaster and will be sidelined for at least six weeks following surgery. Manager Simon Grayson will name teenage goalkeeper Alex Cairns on the substitutes' bench again. Grayson has no other new injury or suspension problems and is not expected to make any further changes as Leeds look to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches.


Blackpool v Nottingham Forest

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has no new injury concerns for the clash with Nottingham Forest but may consider promoting Thomas Ince and Callum McManaman to his starting line-up. Holloway made a triple substitution when the Seasiders were 1-0 down against Doncaster in midweek and the introduction of Ince, McManaman and Brett Ormerod turned the game in their favour.

Steve Cotterill has no new problems to contend with as he prepares for his first away game in charge. Cotterill made a winning start as manager on Tuesday night, inflicting a first league defeat of the season to Middlesbrough. All of his players came through the 2-0 victory at the City Ground unscathed. After watching from the stands at Coventry last Saturday, Cotterill made two changes in midweek. Joel Lynch and Radoslaw Majewski replaced Jonathan Greening and Matt Derbyshire in the starting line up.

Cardiff City v Barnsley

Kenny Miller is likely to return. The striker looks set to recover from a groin problem that saw him miss Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifiers as well as Cardiff's last two matches. However, fellow frontman Rudy Gestede is out having been substituted with a hamstring injury in the 4-3 defeat to Peterborough on Tuesday. Manager Malky Mackay will also be looking to resolve problems in defence having leaked six goals in the last two matches. Centre-back Ben Turner, who has returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a knee injury, played both matches and may be rested.

Keith Hill must decide whether to retain striker Craig Davies in his starting line-up. Davies made his first start since August in the midweek win over Burnley after recovering from a groin injury but Hill admitted the summer signing from Chesterfield is not fully match fit. Defenders Bobby Hassell (groin) and Jay McEveley (unspecified) remain doubtful after missing out against Burnley while winger Matty Done and striker Danny Haynes are not yet ready to return following their respective hamstring injuries.

Coventry City v Burnley

Coventry striker Cody McDonald is hoping to push himself into manager Andy Thorn's plans. McDonald has struggled with fitness since arriving from Norwich and has only made one league start this season, but he did impress as a substitute in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Leeds. Midfielder Gary McSheffrey (back) may feature in the squad but his fitness will be assessed on Saturday having narrowly missed out against his former club on Tuesday.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe will travel to Coventry with only 16 senior players available to him once again. The Clarets are still without a quartet of key figures as they bid to recover from back-to-back defeats against Reading and Barnsley. Striker Martin Paterson (thigh) and defender Michael Duff (knee) are back in training but are still considered to a be a few weeks away from returning to action. Summer signing Danny Ings (knee) and long-serving goalkeeper Brian Jensen (groin) are also out for the long term.

Hull City v Watford

Martyn Waghorn is back in contention following injury. Aaron Mclean stepped in for Waghorn against Brighton, so Nigel Pearson must decide who to start alongside Matty Fryatt. Midfielder Corry Evans is also available again after shaking off a dead leg but winger Martin Pusic is struggling with an untimely hip injury after recently forcing his way into the side and could miss out. Player-coach Nick Barmby was sidelined last week with a calf strain and faces a race to prove his fitness.

Watford boss Sean Dyche is likely to be without on loan midfielder Michael Kightly. The Hornets have lost their last three league matches and Kightly, who joined from Wolves limped out of Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Leicester with a muscle injury. Defender Lee Hodson remains in contention after recovering from a knee complaint but wasn't selected in Wednesday's squad.

Ipswich Town v Crystal Palace

Ipswich defender Ibrahima Sonko is doubtful. The 30-year-old was substituted during Tuesday's win over Portsmouth with a hamstring strain having already been suffering with an ankle injury. Striker Jason Scotland is also doubtful having suffered a hamstring injury as well on Tuesday night.

Owen Garvan is pushing to return in time to face his old club Ipswich. Garvan, who made more than 150 appearances in six years at Portman Road, is back in training after a knee injury and will be checked over. Three ex-Tractor Boys who definitely will be travelling are David Wright, Darren Ambrose and Lewis Price.

Leicester City v Millwall

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has no new problems. Sean St Ledger replaced suspended captain Matt Mills at the centre of defence against Watford and Eriksson is unlikely to alter his back four after a clean sheet, with Mills set to serve the second game of his three-match ban. Jermaine Beckford was another to be recalled against the Hornets and he could also keep his place after scoring his first goal for the club.

Therry Racon could return to the Millwall squad. The midfielder, a summer signing from Charlton, has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury on his debut in August but now has two reserve games under his belt. Racon could be added to the bench as manager Kenny Jackett may stick with the side which battled to a 1-1 draw against Brighton on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough v Derby County

Barry Robson will miss out through suspension. The Scotland international will sit out the game at the Riverside Stadium after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening. Manager Tony Mowbray also has a series of injury doubts with central defensive duo Rhys Williams and Matthew Bates having missed the 2-0 defeat at the City Ground with groin and foot injuries respectively.

Derby`s injury problems show no signs of easing. Nathan Tyson was expected to be in the squad after being pencilled in for a reserve-team run-out on Wednesday. However, the forward`s niggling groin problem flared up again causing him to miss the game. With leading scorer Steven Davies already out for around six weeks with a skull fracture sustained last Saturday, Tyson is now not expected to be back until after the international break in mid-November.

Portsmouth v Doncaster Rovers

Benjani is an injury doubt for Portsmouth. The Zimbabwean striker is still struggling with the hamstring problem which forced him to miss Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Ipswich and is unlikely to return. His absence paved the way for Dave Kitson to start his first match since August at Portman Road following a rib injury. Kitson looks set to keep his place alongside Luke Varney at the top of the 4-4-2 system caretaker bosses Guy Whittingham and Stuart Gray have used since manager Steve Cotterill's departure to Nottingham Forest late last week.

Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has ended his two-month loan spell with Rovers after making just one appearance, returning to parent club Wigan after suffering a back spasm. Ryan Mason, another loanee from Tottenham, missed Doncaster's last-gasp defeat to Blackpool on Tuesday with a stomach bug and is a doubt as he continues to feel unwell. Midfielder John Oster has strained his neck while defender James O'Connor is struggling with a toe injury. Both are considered doubtful but striker Jon Parkin should return after recovering from flu. Goalkeeper Gary Woods (shoulder) faces several weeks on the sidelines along with the injured trio of striker Chris Brown (knee), midfielder Martin Woods (hip) and defender Adam Lockwood (knee).


Reading v Southampton

Reading will welcome Jobi McAnuff back. Manager Brian McDermott will be relieved to see another winger, Jimmy Kebe, come through 70 minutes against the Rams unscathed following a knee injury. But he may remain without Jay Tabb, who is still recovering from concussion suffered in the 1-0 win over Burnley.

Leaders Southampton will check on Adam Lallana. Lallana has missed Saints' last two matches with a foot injury but could be added to the squad when they travel to the Madejski Stadium. Fellow midfielder Jack Cork dropped to the bench for Tuesday's 1-0 win over West Ham and may return to the starting line-up.


Bristol City v Birmingham City

Liam Fontaine (ankle) featured for the Bristol City reserves in midweek but this game may come too early for the defender. Long-serving centre-back Louis Carey (knee) is a major doubt and fellow defender James McAllister (ankle) is sidelined.

Pablo Ibanez is out of Birmingham's clash with Bristol City, but fellow defenders Stephen Carr and Curtis Davies are back in contention. Centre-back Ibanez was carried off on a spinal board during the 2-1 win over Club Brugge after being knocked unconscious in the 83rd minute. Midfielder Wade Elliott and full-back David Murphy, who scored the Blues' first goal on Thursday, both have knocks and will be assessed before the game. Jordan Mutch (ankle) and Enric Valles (foot) are long-term absentees.