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Jon Challinor: Lengthy lay-off

Jon Challinor: Lengthy lay-off

York will be without Jon Challinor after the midfielder suffered a broken leg in midweek.

Challinor returned to the starting line-up in the Minstermen's goalless home draw with Gillingham on Tuesday night, but fractured his tibula in the 76th minute and will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The blow is softened somewhat by the return to contention of Chris Smith, who missed out against Gillingham due to an unspecified knock.

New loan signings John McGrath and Michael Rankine made their debuts in midfield and up front respectively on Tuesday night and manager Gary Mills is expected to keep them both in his side.

Strikers Alex Rodman and Jason Walker, plus midfielder Paddy McLaughlin are pushing for recalls, but defender Lanre Oyebanjo (fractured skull) is still out, while striker Michael Coulson is closing in on a return from a long-term knee injury.

Barnet player-manager Edgar Davids will be without Andy Iro, Ibra Sekajja and Ricky Holmes.

Striker Holmes has been ruled out for the rest of the season following the recurrence of a foot injury he suffered two seasons ago.

Meanwhile, Iro and Sekajja have returned to Stevenage and Crystal Palace respectively following the end of loan spells with the Bees.

New signing Craig Beattie, who joined the club last week, is now eligible to play for Davids' team and is expected to play some part.

Midfielder Curtis Weston featured for the last 10 minutes of Barnet's 0-0 draw with Port Vale last weekend on his return from illness and could be back in the starting line-up.

Davids will also be without goalkeeper Liam O'Brien who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin injury.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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