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Johnson: Back from international duty

Johnson: Back from international duty

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro remains an injury doubt for Rochdale.

A hamstring injury has sidelined the striker in recent weeks and he will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Boss John Coleman believes Akpa Akpro's absence leaves him light in attack and the former Accrington manager is on the lookout for reinforcements in the loan market.

"At times we've looked a goal threat but losing Jean-Louis hasn't helped," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I'm going to have to bring a loan player in. I've got a couple of irons in the fire."

Centre-back Kevin Amankwaah failed to recover from a groin problem in time to take part in the 1-0 midweek defeat to Notts County and will miss out again.

Sheffield Wednesday have no new injury or suspension worries.

Wednesday bounced back from three successive league defeats with a Steel City derby triumph last Sunday and although not enough to save Gary Megson his job, the result kept the Owls in touch with the top two.

Defender Reda Johnson has returned unscathed from midweek international duty with Benin, while striker Gary Madine and defender Miguel Llera are pushing for recalls after starting the last two matches on the bench.

Midfielder John Bostock, on loan from Tottenham, is also pushing for a first-team recall, but winger Jermaine Johnson remains sidelined with knee ligament damage, so Michail Antonio, who made his debut last weekend, is expected to continue.

The Owls lie third in the table, five points adrift of second place having played a game more than closest rivals Sheffield United and Huddersfield.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
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Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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