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M'voto: Back for Latics

M'voto: Back for Latics

Oldham will welcome back defender Jean Yves M'voto.

Former Sunderland centre-back M'voto was dismissed for two bookable offences in the 1-0 home defeat to Charlton but served a two-match ban due to his sending-off at Scunthorpe earlier in the season.

Midfielder James Wesolowski and goalkeeper Alex Cisak are making good progress from their shoulder injuries but are unlikely to be risked before the end of the season.

Chris Taylor (ankle) is set to remain on the sidelines for Latics, who are six points above the relegation zone ahead of what boss Paul Dickov expects to be a tricky contest.

"It's going to be a tough game for us," he said. "They are coming off the back of a fantastic result and performance against Huddersfield so we know it's going to be tough for us.

"Our aim has to be to try and take nine points out of nine. We've got three games left and, as much as we're looking over our shoulders a little bit, a win on Saturday can possibly move us up four or five places with two games left and we've got an aim of still finishing in the top half."

North End boss Graham Westley is facing up to being without a quartet of first-teamers.

Forward Iain Hume overcame a foot injury to start last weekend's victory over Huddersfield but will now sit out the rest of the campaign with utility man Paul Parry, who suffered a knock in the same match.

The duo join striker Neil Mellor (knee) and midfielder Barry Nicholson (hamstring) on the sidelines.

On the four absentees, North End boss Westley told his club's official website: "We probably won't see much of them before the end of the season.

"They are all in decent enough spirits, they have all got knocks that'll keep them out for a month or so, which will take us beyond the end of the playing season. Going into the summer they will all be ready for pre-season training."

Graham Cummins is expected to start up front in Hume's absence, although on-loan Arsenal youngster Rhys Murphy is pushing for a place in attack after bagging a brace in Tuesday's 4-0 reserve win over Macclesfield.

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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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