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Team news for Saturday's League One play-off final between Huddersfield and Sheffield United at Wembley (kick-off 3pm).

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Cresswell: Hopes to play

Cresswell: Hopes to play

Sheffield United's injured pair Richard Cresswell and Kevin McDonald both hope to be in contention for Saturday's npower League One play-off final against Huddersfield at Wembley.

Cresswell, who has struggled with a shoulder problem in recent weeks, missed the second leg of the Blades' 1-0 semi-final win over Stevenage due to an eye infection understood to have been caused by his contact lenses.

The striker could make his 100th start for the club if he is passed fit and will be looking to notch his 11th goal of the season, while manager Danny Wilson must decide whether to start with him alongside Chris Porter.

Midfielder McDonald aggravated the hamstring that kept him out for seven matches in February and March and was withdrawn during half-time in the second leg against Stevenage.

The Scot has responded well to treatment and will be given until the last minute, but if he fails to make it Nick Montgomery will return to the starting line-up.

The Blades are bidding for their first play-off final success after losing their previous three to Crystal Palace (1-0) in 1997, Wolves (3-0) in 2003 and Burnley (1-0) in 2009.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield midfielder Scott Arfield appears set to return to contention for this crucial clash, but goalkeeper Ian Bennett is struggling.

Arfield missed the return leg of Huddersfield's semi-final win over MK Dons due to an ankle problem, while Bennett injured his hand in the same match and was replaced by Alex Smithies, who is likely to continue in goal.

Manager Simon Grayson has no other injury or suspension problems and is unlikely to make any unforced changes to the side that started against the Dons.

Skipper Peter Clarke is expected to continue alongside Sean Morrison in central defence, with Tommy Miller and Damien Johnson in central midfield, Danny Ward and Kallum Higginbotham on the wings and 40-goal striker Jordan Rhodes continuing his partnership with Lee Novak up front.

Huddersfield lost 3-0 to Peterborough in the League One play-off final at Old Trafford last year and were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Millwall in the previous season's play-offs.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
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Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

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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