Championship briefing

  • Last Updated: January 25 2013, 16:14 GMT

Team news and statistics for the weekend's action in the npower Championship.

Tongo Doumbia: Injury absentee for Wolves

(Current league positions in brackets)

Saturday, January 26

Bristol City (24) v Ipswich (19)

City's top scorer Sam Baldock could return to action after knee and calf injuries.

Albert Adomah is on African Nations Cup duty with Ghana while fellow winger Paul Anderson has recovered from the dead leg he suffered at Leeds. Defender Mark Wilson will stay with the club until the end of the season after being handed an extended deal.

Bradley Orr plays the final game of his loan spell at Ipswich before returning to Blackburn. Town boss Mick McCarthy named an unchanged XI for last weekend's 1-1 draw against Barnsley and could opt to do so again.

Last season: Ipswich 3 Bristol City 0, Bristol City 0 Ipswich 3

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 9; David McGoldrick (Ipswich) 18

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

Burnley (8) v Birmingham (20)

Burnley's top scorer Charlie Austin (hamstring) remains a fitness doubt. He has resumed training and boss Sean Dyche will make a late decision on his participation. Defenders Ben Mee (knee) and Kevin Long (ankle) are back in training but only the latter is ready for first-team action.

Marlon King and Nikola Zigic are pushing to return to Birmingham's starting XI, with both having featured as second-half substitutes in the last two games. Ravel Morrison and Hayden Mullins are pushing for recalls, while Jonathan Spector will again be assessed as he looks to recover from injury.

Last season: Burnley 1 Birmingham 3, Birmingham 2 Burnley 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Charlie Austin (Burnley) 23; Marlon King (Birmingham) 13

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)

Charlton (12) v Sheffield Wednesday (21)

Charlton left-back Rhoys Wiggins (foot) was on the bench for last weekend's win at Blackburn after four months out, while defender Leon Cort and forward Danny Haynes (both hamstring) are also close to fitness and could be involved. Veteran midfielder Andy Hughes has resumed training after a long-term Achilles injury, but is not ready for the first team yet.

Sheffield Wednesday will be without on-loan pair Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe after both returned to their parent clubs. Midfielder Rhys McCabe, who missed out last week through illness, could return to contention. Manager Dave Jones could give late fitness tests to several unnamed players who are carrying niggles, but has no major new injury or suspension headaches.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Johnnie Jackson & Yann Kermorgant (Charlton) 6; Michail Antonio & Chris O'Grady (Sheff Wed) 6

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)

Nottingham Forest (10) v Watford (6)

Midfielder Chris Cohen is expected to be fit for Forest after overcoming a back injury, while striker Darius Henderson could make his debut after joining from Millwall until the end of the season. Winger Andy Reid and on-loan defender Daniel Ayala are both likely to stay sidelined with hamstring problems, and striker Marcus Tudgay (shoulder) and midfielder Adlene Guedioura (international duty) remain unavailable.

Fitz Hall and Jonathan Hogg (both hamstring) are in contention after missing the last four games for Watford. Republic of Ireland youngster Tommie Hoban (Achilles) is still a doubt but Daniel Pudil will be available again after missing the 4-0 home victory against Huddersfield due to a family illness.

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

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Billy Sharp (Nottm Forest) 11; Matej Vydra (Watford) 16

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

Wolves (17) v Blackpool (15)

Midfield trio Tongo Doumbia (hamstring), Dave Edwards (hamstring) and Stephen Hunt (hip) could be back in the frame for Wolves after returning to training. Bjorn Sigurdarson was back on the bench for last weekend's goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday after a thigh injury and will again be involved.

Blackpool full-backs Stephen Crainey and Neal Eardley, captain Alex Baptiste and veteran striker Kevin Phillips were all struck down by an illness and missed out against Cardiff last weekend but are available once more. Winger Matt Phillips made a late substitute appearance in that game on his return from a toe injury but centre-back Ian Evatt is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolves L L L D D; Blackpool D L D L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Jake Cassidy (Wolves) 11; Thomas Ince (Blackpool) 13

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)


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