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Riverside Stadium (ATT 17,741) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

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Last Updated: 23/09/11 11:25am

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Emnes: Rested in midweek

Emnes: Rested in midweek

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Middlesbrough and Ipswich at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough are expected to welcome back Marvin Emnes after resting their eight-goal leading scorer for Tuesday night's Carling Cup third round defeat at Crystal Palace.

Full-back Joe Bennett is available after suspension following his sending-off in the league game at Palace last Saturday.

Malaury Martin missed out in midweek through illness and his condition is being assessed, while Seb Hines (knee) and Jason Steele (fractured wrist) continue to work their way back to full fitness.

However, Jonathan Franks (dislocated shoulder) could be out for up to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery.

Ipswich, meanwhile, are facing an anxious wait over Ibrahima Sonko.

The centre-back was withdrawn after just 35 minutes of Monday's 3-0 win over Coventry nursing a knee ligament strain but will be given as much time as possible ahead of the Riverside clash.

Damien Delaney stepped in to replace Sonko and the Irishman will compete with fit-again Ivar Ingimarsson to partner Danny Collins at the heart of defence if Sonko is ruled out.

Winger Lee Martin has now completed his three-match suspension but will also face a late check having struggled over the last couple of days with tonsillitis.

Midfielder Mark Kennedy has missed the last two matches with a calf problem and is not yet ready for first-team action having suffered a setback in his recovery.

Sonko's fitness battle aside, manager Paul Jewell will be hard pushed to make changes to the XI who convincingly brushed aside Coventry to record only Town's second win amid a string of five defeats.

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1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17