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Keith Keane completes the final game of a two-match suspension as Simon Grayson takes charge at home for the first time.

Paul Connolly took Keane's place in the starting line-up as North End played out a 1-1 draw at MK Dons last weekend and is expected to resume right-back duties.

Fellow defenders David Buchanan (hamstring) and Bailey Wright (ankle) picked up injuries against the Dons that ruled them out of training in the early stages of this week and the pair will be assessed.

John Mousinho came through a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackpool and could feature against his former club.

Scott Laird has started light training as he steps up rehabilitation from a broken leg but will not make a full return until pre-season, while Joel Byrom (hernia) is set to be out for at least another fortnight.

Boro will be without midfielder James Dunne through suspension.

Dunne starts a two-match ban after collecting a 10th yellow card of the season against Brentford on Tuesday night.

Anthony Grant could step into midfield for Dunne while boss Gary Smith is otherwise unlikely to tinker with the side which ended a six-match losing streak with a 1-0 win against the Bees.

Steve Arnold is set to keep his spot between the sticks after replacing former Preston loanee Chris Day in midweek, while full-back David Gray makes his first return to Deepdale since leaving North End last summer.

Teenage forward Anthony Jeffrey is still awaiting his Stevenage debut following his recent loan switch from Premier League club Arsenal.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 04 October 2014
13:00
Chesterfld v Sheff Utd  
15:00
Bradford v Crewe  
Coventry v Crawley  
Fleetwood v Port Vale  
Leyton Or v Swindon  
Notts Co v Gillingham  
Peterboro v Oldham  
Preston v Colchester  
Rochdale v Barnsley  
Scunthorpe v Doncaster  

Sky Bet League 1

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

Updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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