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Hammond: Could return for Saints

Hammond: Could return for Saints

Tranmere boss Les Parry remains without a trio of players.

Tim Cathalina, Max Blanchard and Ian Goodison (knee) remain sidelined through injury but Marlon Broomes comes back into contention after a recent calf strain.

Broomes came through Wednesday night's reserve game unscathed and Parry remains keen to bolster his squad with a new midfielder before the transfer window closes.

Rovers are again embroiled in a relegation dogfight and lie just one place above the League One drop zone.

Parry said: "We're still looking to bring this elusive midfielder in. We've got a lad who's over for a week from Ireland with us.

"He'll be training with us all week and we'll have a little look at him."

Southampton hope to welcome back skipper Dean Hammond.

The midfielder has missed the last two matches after suffering a calf injury during the FA Cup win over Blackpool a fortnight ago.

Adam Lallana also sat out the goalless draw against Notts County last weekend with a leg injury and boss Nigel Adkins is unlikely to risk him yet.

Fellow winger Lee Holmes remains a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery last month.

Lee Barnard is pushing to start his first league match since a hernia operation in November after Saints drew a blank against County.

The striker has come off the bench four times since but scored on his only start in the cup success over the Seasiders.

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Carlisle v Oldham  
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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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