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Southampton will be without Lee Barnard and Morgan Schneiderlin when they host Tranmere.

Striker Barnard is sidelined with a hand injury suffered in an off-field incident and midfielder Schneiderlin is on international duty with the France Under-21 squad.

David Connolly is not expected to return from a stomach injury in time so Rickie Lambert is the only available senior striker.

Lambert may therefore play up front on his own, or midfielders Adam Lallana or Jason Puncheon could be pushed further forward to join him.

Schneiderlin's absence means a first start for Richard Chaplow, who recently arrived at St Mary's on loan from Preston.

Midfielder Paul Wotton (back) and full-back Frazer Richardson (shoulder) are still on the sidelines.

Tranmere striker Ian Thomas-Moore could return to action when his injury-hit side make the trip to Southampton.

Thomas-Moore has missed the last two games with a thigh injury sustained late in the game at Colchester but he returned to training on Thursday.

Veteran defender Ian Goodison is unavailable while he serves a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards, so Nick Wood will come into the side for his fifth start of the season.

However, boss Les Parry could again be without the likes of Gunnar Nielsen, Marlon Broomes, Ash Taylor, Liam Darville and Alan Mahon, who are all nursing injuries.

Parry - whose side currently lie in the relegation zone - said: "The only player who has a chance of coming back into the squad is Ian."

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C
Coventry v Peterboro
Crewe v Sheff Utd
Doncaster v MK Dons
Gillingham v Crawley
Oldham v Bradford
Port Vale v Leyton Or
Preston v Fleetwood
Scunthrpe v Notts Co
Swindon v Colchester

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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