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Last Updated: 11/02/14 6:55pm

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Giuseppe Sannino: Injury worries easing

Giuseppe Sannino: Injury worries easing

Park Chu-young is expected to return for Watford's home clash against Birmingham.

The on-loan Arsenal forward was struggling with a knee injury at the weekend and missed Watford's 2-2 draw at Championship leaders Leicester, with the Hornets throwing away a two-goal lead for the third time in four games.

Midfielder Samba Diakite, on loan from QPR, also sat out at the King Power Stadium due to a calf complaint but he is unlikely to return in time to face Blues.

Lewis McGugan (thigh), Almen Abdi (foot) and long-term absentee Essaid Belkalem (ankle) also remain on the sidelines, with the latter returning to light training.

Mitch Hancox returns to contention for the trip to Watford as Birmingham target back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

The left-back has missed the last three matches due to an ankle injury but faces a battle to regain his place with Blues having taken an impressive four points from their last two matches.

Manager Lee Clark must decide whether to stick with the same XI which started Saturday's 2-0 victory at Charlton or freshen things up with a couple of changes.

Tom Thorpe (ankle), David Murphy, Matt Green, Neal Eardley (all knee), Akwasi Asante (hamstring) and Jonathan Spector (thigh) all remain unavailable, although the latter is closing in on his comeback.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22