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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

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Barnsley v Notts Co  
Bristol C v Bradford  
Colchester v Chesterfld  
Crawley v Walsall  
Crewe v Peterboro  
Doncaster v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Preston  
MK Dons v Fleetwood  
Oldham v Coventry  
Port Vale v Scunthrpe  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 13 15 31
2 Peterboro 13 9 26
3 Swindon 11 11 22
4 Preston 11 11 22
5 MK Dons 11 11 20
6 Notts Co 12 7 20
7 Sheff Utd 12 1 20
8 Chesterfld 12 4 19
9 Fleetwood 13 3 19
10 Oldham 13 2 19
11 Bradford 13 0 18
12 Rochdale 12 7 17
13 Barnsley 12 -1 15
14 Doncaster 11 -6 14
15 Crawley 13 -11 14
16 Colchester 13 -2 13
17 Coventry 13 -5 13
18 Gillingham 13 -6 13
19 Yeovil 13 -9 13
20 Leyton Or 12 -2 12
21 Walsall 13 -3 12
22 Port Vale 13 -6 12
23 Scunthrpe 13 -11 11
24 Crewe 13 -19 10

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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