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Bury manager Kevin Blackwell has no fresh injury problems among a squad reshaped by a busy transfer deadline day.

Experienced full-back Carl Regan and Cameroon midfielder Valery Mezague are both available to make their debuts after agreeing a four-month deal and non-contract terms respectively.

Mark Hughes has made 29 appearances for the Shakers this term but is unavailable after joining Accrington on loan, while fellow defender Andrai Jones and popular forward Lenell John-Lewis have been released.

Blackwell's remaining players are fully fit with the exception of long-term absentees Phil Picken (knee), Adam Lockwood (groin) and Shane Byrne (blood disorder).

Bury are without a win in nine league matches and sit third from bottom of the table, three points from safety.

Martin Woods will return to the Doncaster squad when they resume action.

Rovers were without a game last weekend owing to MK Dons' involvement in the FA Cup and Saturday's fixture will be the first time they have played since January 19.

New boss Brian Flynn, who will have a full squad available against the Shakers, kept his players ticking over with a friendly against a Manchester United reserve XI at the beginning of this week.

Woods made his return from the thigh injury that has kept him out since November against a strong United team at the Premier League club's Carrington training ground to add to the competition for places in midfield.

Meanwhile, strikers Billy Paynter and Iain Hume will also come back into the reckoning.

Paynter is available again after serving a three-match suspension while Hume missed out last time against Leyton Orient because of a calf strain.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C  
Coventry v Peterboro  
Crewe v Sheff Utd  
Doncaster v MK Dons  
Gillingham v Crawley  
Oldham v Bradford  
Port Vale v Leyton Or  
Preston v Fleetwood  
Scunthrpe v Notts Co  
Swindon v Colchester  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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