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Coles: Back in the frame for Pirates

Coles: Back in the frame for Pirates

Bristol Rovers manager Dave Penney has welcomed the return of Danny Coles and Chris Lines ahead of the visit of table-topping Brighton.

Defender Coles and midfielder Lines return to the Rovers side after completing suspensions that ruled them out of the 2-1 midweek defeat to MK Dons.

"That will strengthen us and freshen us up again," said Penney of the duo's return.

"Having new players in will give me the chance to rotate things, if I feel it's necessary."

Penney, though, is likely to be without central defender Dave McCracken and skipper Stuart Campbell as Rovers attempt to claw their way up the table and out of the relegation zone.

The pair were both forced off during the midweek home defeat with hamstring injuries, which Penney admitted was a "blow" after the game.

Radostin Kishishev could return to the Brighton squad for the trip to Bristol Rovers.

The Bulgarian midfielder has been sidelined for 10 days with a back problem but is expected to be back in training by the end of the week.

Defender Jim McNulty and midfielders Alan Navarro and Jamie Smith are the only definite absentees.

McNulty will not feature again this season after undergoing an ankle operation.

Navarro has been pencilled in for a return to full training later this month having been out since August with a ruptured cruciate ligament and Smith is a couple of months away with a broken metatarsal.

Craig Noone and Chris Wood are pushing for starts after dropping to the bench for Tuesday's goalless draw at Leyton Orient.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
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

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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