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Team news for Saturday afternoon's League One clash between Carlisle and Southampton at Brunton Park.

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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

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Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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