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Lawrence: Returns for Pompey

Lawrence: Returns for Pompey

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Portsmouth and Blackpool at Fratton Park.

Liam Lawrence returns to the Pompey squad for the visit of Blackpool, but Luke Varney and Dave Kitson are out.

Lawrence missed last weekend's defeat at Hull through suspension after his red card at West Ham a fortnight ago.

Varney begins a three-match ban after he was sent off against the Tigers, and fellow striker Kitson is still missing with a rib injury which looks set to keep him out until after the international break.

Hungary Under-21 international Marko Futacs has made two substitute appearances since joining from Werder Bremen last month and could be in line for his full debut.

Joel Ward started in midfield at Hull but may revert to his preferred position at right-back against the Seasiders.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will be without Neal Eardley and Elliot Grandin for the long trip up north.

The pair are both suffering from foot injuries, with the news coming as a particular blow for Wales international Eardley, who has only just made his recovery from surgery on a badly dislocated finger.

Apart from their absence, Holloway has no new injury or suspension concerns as his side look to extend their four-match unbeaten run.

The Tangerines boss is expected to make one or two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Cardiff, with Stephen Crainey and recent signings Daniel Bogdanovic and James Hurst pushing for starting berths.

Left-back Crainey played 35 minutes as a substitute last week following his return from illness.

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2 Middlesbrough 27 50
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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
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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