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Eardley (left): Could return for Seasiders

Eardley (left): Could return for Seasiders

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Blackpool and Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway could call on defender Neal Eardley.

The Wales international recently underwent surgery on a badly dislocated finger but played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Middlesbrough in midweek.

He now looks set to come into contention to face the Bluebirds but left-back Stephen Crainey will hope to be available again after he missed last weekend's 2-0 home win over Ipswich due to illness.

Matt Hill deputised for the Scot while recent signings Daniel Bogdanovic and James Hurst may again be forced to settle for a place on the bench.

The Seasiders have collected 11 points from their opening six games and Holloway said: "I'm happy with what we've done so far."

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will not risk new signing Ben Turner, despite the defender getting through a 75-minute stint for the club's development squad in midweek.

Turner, who has not played first-team football for more than 10 months, is recovering from ligament damage.

The £750,000 capture from Coventry had an operation in May and is closing in on a return to full fitness.

"I'd love to be involved in the Championship squad as soon as possible, but there's no point taking the risk of rushing back too quickly," Turner told the Western Mail.

"After such a long time out, I have to make sure I am completely ready."

Otherwise, there are no new injury problems for Mackay.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
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