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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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Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
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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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