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Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Tranmere Rovers and Southampton at Prenton Park.

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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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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Gillingham
Bradford v Peterboro
Colchester v Doncaster
Fleetwood v Chesterfld
Leyton Or v Walsall
MK Dons v Coventry
Port Vale v Notts Co
Preston v Oldham
Rochdale v Bristol C
Sheff Utd v Crawley

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Fleetwood 3 4 9
2 Bradford 3 3 7
3 Bristol C 3 2 7
4 MK Dons 3 2 6
5 Peterboro 3 1 6
6 Chesterfld 3 1 6
7 Crawley 3 0 6
8 Preston 3 4 5
9 Port Vale 3 2 5
10 Doncaster 3 1 4
11 Swindon 3 1 4
12 Leyton Or 3 1 4
13 Gillingham 3 0 4
14 Coventry 3 0 4
15 Barnsley 3 0 4
16 Notts Co 3 0 4
17 Rochdale 3 1 3
18 Sheff Utd 3 -1 3
19 Yeovil 3 -4 3
20 Walsall 3 -1 2
21 Oldham 3 -2 2
22 Colchester 3 -2 1
23 Crewe 3 -5 0
24 Scunthorpe 3 -8 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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