Swansea v Sheffield Utd preview

Team news for Saturday's final Championship game of the season between Swansea City and Sheffield United (12:45pm) at the Liberty Stadium.

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Monk: Set to return v Sheffield United

Monk: Set to return v Sheffield United

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Swansea are set to welcome back Garry Monk to their ranks.

The skipper missed last weekend's 2-0 victory at Millwall, the club's first away win in six attempts, with a stomach bug he is expected to be okay this time around.

Fellow defender Albert Serran sustained a minor dead leg having come on as an 82nd-minute substitute at The Den and will be assessed.

Otherwise, manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to have a fully-fit squad at his disposal and will be reluctant to make too many changes as he looks to finish the regular season with momentum going into the play-offs.

Swans can also still close the two-point gap on third-placed Cardiff, who travel to Burnley, while defeat for City and victory for Reading at home to Derby would see the club slip to fifth and face the crucial second leg of their play-off away from the Liberty Stadium.

Winger Scott Sinclair could again start on the bench as Rodgers looks to protect him from burnout, while the Swans boss must also decide whether to reinstate Fabio Borini to his starting XI with the on-loan Chelsea forward also named among the substitutes last Saturday due to an ankle knock.

Sheffield United manager Micky Adams will include three more teenagers in his squad.

Adams, whose side were relegated following last week's derby draw with Barnsley, has already blooded 18-year-olds Harry Maguire, a central defender, and striker Jordan Slew in recent weeks and will now take a look at three members of the club's FA Youth Cup team, which takes on Manchester United in the final on May 17.

Goalkeeper George Long, a regular on the bench during the second half of the season, is hoping to make his first appearance, as are midfielder Matt Harriott and centre-half Terry Kennedy. All three are aged 18.

Ched Evans misses out due to ankle ligament damage, Daniel Bogdanovic (ankle) is not ready, fellow striker Darius Henderson is ruled out due to a hamstring problem and midfielder David McAllister (calf) is still sidelined.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Wed, 20 Aug 2014

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