Sheff United v MK Dons preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Sheffield United and MK Dons at Bramall Lane.

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Jamie Murphy: Back from groin injury

Jamie Murphy: Back from groin injury

Blades pair Jamie Murphy and Jonathan Forte are expected to return to contention for this weekend's home encounter.

Murphy has missed the last two games after sustaining a groin injury in the recent win at Bournemouth and Forte has been sidelined for the last four matches with a similar problem.

The hosts will also be boosted by the return of defender Danny Higginbotham, who missed last weekend's win at Oldham through illness, so manager Danny Wilson must decide whether to retain Matt Hill in his back four.

Teenage striker Diego De Girolamo, pushing for his full debut in recent weeks, is out after sustaining injury while on international duty with Italy Under-18s in midweek.

Wilson's side are bidding to return to the top of the table by extending their unbeaten run to seven games. They have dropped only two points in their last six.

Luke Chadwick will miss the trip to the title chasers.

The winger, who has only recently returned from a two-month absence with knee ligament damage, is set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hip flexor injury.

Chadwick was forced off shortly before half-time in the Dons' 3-0 victory over Doncaster at stadium:mk on Tuesday night and the 32-year-old is expected to be out for "a number of weeks".

Alan Smith is available after serving a four-match suspension while fellow striker Patrick Bamford has recovered from the hamstring injury that has kept him with parent club Chelsea since re-signing on loan for the Dons on January 31.

Full-back Jon Otsemobor is also fit again after illness ruled him out in midweek.

Stephen Gleeson made his comeback from a broken foot as a late substitute against Doncaster and the midfielder is again expected to take up a place on the bench.

However, goalkeeper David Martin remains a doubt with the back problem that has kept him out of the last three games.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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