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Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Bury and Portsmouth at Gigg Lane.

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Sodje: Suspended once again

Sodje: Suspended once again

Bury will once again be without centre-back Efe Sodje.

Sodje serves the final game of a two-match ban acquired through his second sending off of the season in last weekend's FA Cup triumph at Exeter.

That win was followed up by a derby victory over Oldham in midweek and Sodje's replacement, Mark Hughes, praised the defensive impact of boss Kevin Blackwell since he took over the struggling Shakers last month.

"Everyone knows that we were conceding too many," Hughes told the Bury Times. "I don't think it was the fact that people were doing well to score, we were just gifting them goals. Since the manager has come in, he has made us more solid and teams have to work for goals now."

Young defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell signed from Wolves on Friday on a one-month emergency loan to further boost the defence and is included in the squad.

Andy Bishop (foot) remains an injury doubt, while fellow forward Lenell John-Lewis is a long-term absentee alongside Phil Picken (both knee).

Managerless Portsmouth will be without Scott Allan.

West Brom loanee Allan serves the second game of the three-match ban he received for a red card against Notts County in the FA Cup last weekend.

Fellow midfielder Darel Russell is still not fully fit after a hamstring injury, but he is likely to be on the bench again.

Forward Ashley Harris (ankle) and midfielder Lee Williamson (groin) returned from injuries to face Brentford on Tuesday and came through the 1-0 defeat unscathed.

Striker Luke Rodgers was put up for loan by previous manager Michael Appleton but could get another chance under caretaker boss Guy Whittingham.

Former Pompey hero Whittingham is in temporary charge after Appleton quit to take charge at Blackpool on Wednesday.

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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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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