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Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Charlton Athletic and Carlisle United at The Valley.

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Hayes (right): Could start for Charlton

Hayes (right): Could start for Charlton

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Charlton boss Chris Powell has a few selection headaches to mull over as the League One leaders aim to get back to winning ways against Carlisle.

The Addicks lost their unbeaten record in the league this season when Stevenage pulled off a shock 1-0 win.

Powell has no fresh injury concerns but that defeat may force him to reconsider his starting XI, particularly up front.

Yann Kermorgant has failed to net in Charlton's last two games so Paul Hayes is primed to partner top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips in attack.

Paul Benson returned to fitness to score for the reserves in the week to offer Powell another attacking option.

Leon Cort made his first start against Boro but full-back Chris Solly should return to the defence with Michael Morrison switching to centre-back.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott must decide whether to recall fit-again Slovakia international Lubo Michalik.

Central defender Michalik has missed the last two games after returning from interntional duty with a gashed knee, but is expected to return to contention.

Danny Livesey has stepped in alongside Peter Murphy at the heart of defence in Michalik's absence and Abbott faces a selection dilemma.

Skipper Paul Thirlwell is hoping to shake off a calf strain that has kept him out of the last two matches, but Tom Taiwo will continue in midfield if he fails to make it.

Right-back Frank Simek, yet to feature this season, has suffered a setback in his bid to return from a long-term thigh injury by tearing a calf muscle in training and winger Andy Welsh (calf) remains sidelined.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C
Coventry v Peterboro
Crewe v Sheff Utd
Doncaster v MK Dons
Gillingham v Crawley
Oldham v Bradford
Port Vale v Leyton Or
Preston v Fleetwood
Scunthrpe v Notts Co
Swindon v Colchester

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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