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Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Southampton and Exeter City at St Mary's.

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Holmes: Missing for Saints

Holmes: Missing for Saints

Lee Holmes is the only absentee ahead of Southampton's clash with Exeter on New Year's Day.

The former Derby winger underwent surgery on his injured ankle earlier in December and will miss the rest of the season.

Midfielder Danny Butterfield will hope to have recovered in time from the dead leg he suffered in the 4-1 win over Huddersfield.

Left-back Joseph Mills, winger Jason Puncheon and midfielder Anthony Pulis continue their loan spells away from the club and will not return to the squad in time.

Striker Rickie Lambert scored against the Terriers and will look to improve his haul of seven league goals to remain the club's top scorer.

Nigel Adkins' side can enter the automatic promotion places but are also in danger of losing their play-off position if they fail to win.

Exeter will resume their promotion push with a clean bill of health for the trip.

Paul Tisdale's men have not played since December 18, when they thrashed Sheffield Wednesday, keeping his charges fresh for the encounter at St Mary's.

Troy Archibald-Henville returns after missing the 5-1 defeat of the Owls through a one-match suspension.

Tisdale may tinker with his squad with the Grecians one point off the play-offs.

He told thisisdevon.co.uk: "We have got a good core of 17 or 18 players and the 11 who play on Saturday will probably not be the same 11 that play the rest of the season.

"I want the squad to stay together because I think we have got a chance of pushing even further up the table."

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Port Vale
Stevenage v Bristol C  
Swindon v Bradford

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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