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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Fleetwood Town and Oxford United at Highbury Stadium.

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Paul McKenna: Could debut for Cod Army

Paul McKenna: Could debut for Cod Army

Veteran midfielder Paul McKenna could make his Fleetwood debut.

McKenna was close to becoming former Preston team-mate Graham Alexander's fifth signing of the January transfer window on Friday.

Another ex-Preston midfielder, Barry Nicholson, is doubtful due to an ongoing back injury.

Striker Jon Parkin (hamstring) and defender Youl Mawene (broken foot) are not ready to return to first-team action despite resuming light training.

Parkin took part in a training game last weekend following a lengthy absence and told Fleetwood's official website: "It's been a bit of a grind. I managed to get back and then pulled up again in the first training session I took part in.

"I probably came back just a little bit too quickly. I just need to get fit and try and get in the team. Hopefully the goals will start coming from there."

Forward Andy Mangan (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Oxford are without the services of Liam Davis.

The left-back is expected to be out for a month due to a hamstring injury, with Luke O'Brien set to deputise.

O'Brien has signed a new deal this week which will keep the 24-year-old at the club until the end of the season after his short-term contract expired.

Ryan Clarke is still sidelined after undergoing operations on both shoulders with veteran goalkeeper Wayne Brown set to continue in goal.

Max Crocombe, who received a call-up to New Zealand's preliminary squad for the final stage of qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup this week, will offer cover for Brown from the bench.

Striker James Constable is pushing for a recall having served a four-match ban.

With last weekend's game against Rotherham postponed due to a frozen pitch, Chris Wilder's team have had a two-week break since their 2-1 victory at Capital One Cup finalists Bradford.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Bristol R
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
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Hartlepool v Morecambe  
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Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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