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Team news for Doncaster's Championship derby clash with Sheffield United at The Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

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Doncaster's injury troubles have deepened with midfielder Simon Gillett ruled out of the game after sustaining a knee injury in midweek.

Gillett, feared to have suffered medial ligament damage, joins James O'Connor (hamstring), Wayne Thomas (knee) and James Chambers (knee) on the sidelines, while midfielder Martin Woods (groin) and central defender Adam Lockwood (big toe) could face late fitness tests.

Another defender, George Friend, is a long-term absentee after suffering a similar injury to Gillett the previous week and centre-half Shelton Martis has suffered a recurrence of his groin injury.

Defender Joseph Mills, on loan from Southampton, is expected to make his second start for Rovers and striker Billy Sharp will face his former club for the first time competitively since first arriving at the Keepmoat on loan last season.

Stephen Jordan is expected to miss the game.

The Blades defender sustained the injury in the midweek win at Hull and is expected to be replaced by Ritchie De Laet, on loan from Manchester United, in the starting line-up.

The Blades will also be without midfielder Nick Montgomery again as he has had an injection in a bid to resolve an Achilles problem, while striker Ched Evans remains sidelined due to a recurrence of his groin injury.

Striker Jamie Ward is pushing for a return to the starting line-up, but manager Gary Speed is expected to keep faith with Richard Cresswell and Daniel Bogdanovic up front following Tuesday night's success.

The Blades are hoping to climb into the top half of the table with their third league win of the season away from home.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
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15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth
Bolton v Brentford
Brighton v Rotherham
Derby v Wigan
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 14 1 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Fulham 14 -6 14
20 Wigan 13 -2 12
21 Brighton 13 -3 12
22 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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