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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 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23