The nominations for the npower Championship Player of the Month award for December have been announced.

They are as follows:-

Anthony Gardner (Sheffield Wednesday)
Wednesday kept a clean sheet in each of the four games the experienced defender played. Outstanding in the away wins at Bolton Wanderers and Barnsley, the latter of which moved his side out of the bottom three, he proved a strong, commanding and galvanising presence at the heart of defence.

Dwight Gayle (Peterborough United)
A month to remember for the 22-year-old who scored in every game and completed his move from Dagenham and Redbridge. A brilliant long-range opener against Middlesbrough and a delightful hooked finish against Bolton Wanderers were the pick of his seven goals in six matches.

Mark Hudson (Cardiff City)
Outstanding leadership of a defence that conceded just two goals with him in the side. Absent for the defeat by Peterborough United, he enjoyed a perfect month with five wins out of five. Whether tackling or heading, he led by example and even got on the score sheet in the 4-1 win at Blackburn Rovers.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 10am.