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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 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36