5 players hoping to return for the Championship play-offs

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Nottingham Forest, QPR and Wigan have suffered injuries to key players this season. Here are a few that can aid their play-off push, including exciting Manchester United loanee.

Injuries have coincided with a drop in form for QPR and Nottingham Forest – who remain in the play-off positions. As we come towards the end of the season, they'll be hoping for a speedy return to fitness for a few of these at least:

Charlie Austin

After suffering a shoulder injury back in January, the R's leading scorer has been sat on the sidelines during key matches against QPR's promotion rivals. The team have been finding goals hard to come by without their front man, and will be hoping he can make a return for the play-offs. His 14 league goals in 24 appearances this season certainly helped QPR get to the position they are in, and could be the difference between promotion this season or remaining in the Championship

Jack Hobbs

A key man in defence for Forest this season, Hobbs completed his move on a permanent basis in the January transfer window. Since then the former Liverpool and Hull City defender has suffered an ankle injury, which may keep him out until the start of next season. However, with a key game in Forest's season coming up against fierce rivals Derby, the Forest faithful will hope he can emulate the form which saw him score the winner against Derby at the City Ground back in September. 

Nick Powell

After Wigan's recent FA Cup triumph, Uwe Rosler will be hoping to kick-on in the league and continue their push for Premier League football. The latics currently sit two points outside of the play-off positions, but have at least two games in hand on the teams around them. After a slow start to the season, Wigan have come into form at a great time to crash the play-off party. The on-loan Manchester United youngster has scored eight goals in a total of 24 appearances this season, and always looks a threat.

Matt Phillips

The second QPR player to make the list, Phillips has been key to QPR this season and has been their best player whenever I've watched them play. Redknapp is hoping to have him back in the side before the end of the season, though it's unclear just how likely that is. While this is definitely bad news for QPR and their fans, left-backs playing for play-off clubs will be relieved if they don't have to face him. 

Sean Morrison

Reading seem to be in a fight for the final play-off spot with a couple of other clubs, and having centre-back Morrison in the team could make a real difference to their chances. Morrison impressed during the first few months of the season, but has been sidelined since November. Reading are still to play Wigan at the DW Stadium, and this could be the difference between finishing in or out of the play-offs. 

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