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Turf Moor (ATT 15,220) 10th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6