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Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Hartlepool and Sheffield Wednesday at Victoria Park.

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Hartlepool defender Stephen Wright is expected to return to contention.

Wright, a permanent summer signing from Brentford, missed last Saturday's 2-1 win at Bournemouth after being kicked on the back of his knee in training the previous Thursday.

Manager Mick Wadsworth opted for veteran Ritchie Humphreys to fill in at left-back, with Evan Horwood on the substitutes' bench.

But Horwood made a late appearance after shaking off a groin injury and volleyed home a spectacular winner, so Wadsworth faces a selection dilemma as his side look to extend their unbeaten League One run to 10 matches.

Wadsworth also has the option of adding fit-again strikers James Brown and Colin Larkin to his squad.

Brown has yet to make a first-team start in the league this season due to injury (ankle) and illness.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe is unlikely to feature.

Lowe, signed from Bury in the summer, lasted only 22 minutes of his debut at Charlton earlier this month before a late appearance off the substitutes' bench in last week's home win over Exeter.

But Lowe is still struggling with bruising related to an ankle injury and may require a further spell on the sidelines.

Fellow striker Chris O'Grady remains in a similar position as he has not fully shaken off the foot problem which has restricted him to three appearances since his arrival from Rochdale in August.

Winger Jermaine Johnson sits out the final game of his three-match ban and midfielder David Prutton is still out due to a thigh strain.

Manager Gay Megson has no other injury or suspension issues as his side chase only their second away win in the league this season.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves
15:00
Crewe v Colchester
MK Dons v Brentford
Notts Co v Crawley
Oldham v Coventry
Peterboro v Carlisle
Preston v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Port Vale
Stevenage v Bristol C
Swindon v Bradford

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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