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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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3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
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6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
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9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
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12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

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