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Edgar: Faces fitness test

Edgar: Faces fitness test

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Burnley and Middlesbrough at Turf Moor.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe will assess the fitness of defender David Edgar ahead of the home clash.

Edgar, 24, reported back to the club on Thursday morning after winning his third cap for Canada in their World Cup qualifying win in Puerto Rico on Tuesday night.

Howe will wait to gauge the possible side-effects before deciding whether Edgar retains his place in his starting line-up following a successful recall in Burnley's win at Derby before the international break.

Winger Keith Treacy is also back at Turf Moor after being with the Republic of Ireland squad in Dublin and Russia for their European Championship qualifiers.

Martin Paterson (thigh), Michael Duff (knee) and Danny Ings (cartilage) remain sidelined but midfielder Marvin Bartley is available again after a three-match ban.

Striker Scott McDonald could return to the Middlesbrough squad after he resumed training earlier this week.

The 28-year-old has been sidelined since damaging a hamstring in the 3-1 victory over Birmingham on August 21.

Scotland international Kevin Thomson also has a chance of forcing his way into the squad after playing 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday.

That was the midfielder's first taste of action since undergoing surgery on his leg and ankle following a fall from a treadmill during the summer.

Utility man Rhys Williams will be assessed after a gruelling travel marathon which took him to Brisbane and then Dammam for Australia's World Cup qualifiers against Thailand and Saudi Arabia, although he was an unused substitute in both.

Midfielder Barry Robson did get a brief run-out in Scotland's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic but missed the Lithuania game with a minor knock while keeper Jason Steele continues his recovery from a wrist fracture.

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1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25