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Butterfield: Could return for Saints

Butterfield: Could return for Saints

United boss Greg Abbott has an unchanged squad to choose from.

The Cumbrians progressed to the northern area semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 3-1 win over Crewe in midweek and Abbott has no new injury or suspension problems.

Striker Mike Grella, on a month's loan from Leeds, is due to play his last game for Abbott's side before returning to Elland Road.

Long-term absentees Paul Thirlwell (knee) and Danny Livesey (groin) are edging closer to a return to action.

Midfielder Thirlwell, out since early September, is two to three weeks away and Livesey about a month.

Carlisle hope to leapfrog Saints back into the top six with a fifth home league win of the season.

Danny Butterfield could return to the Southampton squad.

The defender has missed the last three matches with a calf injury but resumed training this week.

Butterfield is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench at Brunton Park with Frazer Richardson slotting well in at right-back.

David Connolly scored on his return as a late substitute in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury last weekend after almost two months out with a stomach injury so boss Nigel Adkins has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Jose Fonte and Rickie Lambert were rested against the Shrews and should return but Morgan Schneiderlin may sit out again as a booking would see him miss the following week's clash with promotion rivals Peterborough.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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