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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 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17