Oxford v Chesterfield preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Oxford United and Chesterfield at the Kassam Stadium.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 11:21   

Jon-Paul Pittman: Boost for U's

Jon-Paul Pittman: Boost for U's

Oxford striker Jon-Paul Pittman could make a welcome return to action.

The former Crawley and Wycombe forward has been missing since December after dislocating a shoulder and, having worked hard to return to full fitness, he has trained every day this week with no adverse reaction.

"He has done really well," assistant manager Mickey Lewis told the club's official website. "He looks strong and is up to just about full speed in training, so he is very much in our thoughts for the run-in."

Liam Davis and Deane Smalley both stepped off the bench in the 1-0 victory over Barnet in midweek and they are pushing for starts as Oxford look for their fourth win in five games.

The U's remain without long-term injury victims goalkeeper Ryan Clarke (shoulder), striker Justin Richards (knee) and midfielder Peter Leven (knee).

Drew Talbot comes back into the reckoning for Chesterfield.

Talbot missed the 2-0 home win over Bristol Rovers last Saturday with a virus.

The 26-year-old could be considered for a spot at full-back or on the wing, meaning Richard Brindley and Conor Townsend are the players most under threat in the starting line-up.

Tendayi Darikwa continued his return to fitness following a double hernia operation with a run-out for the reserves this week and the winger is also back in contention for a starting role.

Oxford include three former Spireites among their ranks in Deane Smalley, Andy Whing and Peter Leven, although the latter is out with a knee injury.

Chesterfield really need to win to keep their fading play-off hopes alive.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Thu, 24 Apr 2014

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