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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

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
Port Vale v Sheff Utd  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

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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