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Efe Sodje: Serving suspension

Efe Sodje: Serving suspension

Mark Hughes is poised to return to the Bury starting line-up as the financially-stricken League One outfit look to avoid having their relegation confirmed against fellow strugglers Oldham.

Hughes last featured for the Shakers in January before joining Accrington on loan, making five appearances, but suffered a calf injury that it was initially feared would end his season.

The 26-year-old defender will be pressed into action after Efe Sodje collected his 10th booking of the season - three of those accrued during a loan stint at Barrow - in last weekend's 2-0 loss at Hartlepool that means defeat to Latics will condemn Kevin Blackwell's men to the fourth tier.

Craig Fagan received a straight red card at Victoria Park and, although Tom Soares (hamstring) has resumed training once more, Blackwell is once again facing the prospect of not naming a full complement of substitutes due to a raft of long-term absentees.

"The situation with injuries is dire," he said.

"Sodje's out suspended and so is Fagan so we might have a couple on the bench. Tom Soares is okay, he's trained (on Thursday)."

Oldham boss Lee Johnson will assess the fitness of experienced defender Cliff Byrne ahead of the derby clash.

The Shakers would definitely drop down at the end of the season if Latics pick up a much-needed victory, but they may have to do so without Byrne.

The former Scunthorpe man was replaced by James Tarkowski before half-time in Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat to Preston following a groin problem, but Johnson is hopeful he can be included.

"It's just his muscle spasmed in the groin," the manager explained. "Hopefully he'll be okay. It (the substitution) was a precautionary measure, really."

Top scorer Jose Baxter misses out after collecting his 10th booking of the season at Deepdale and activating a two-match ban.

Youngster Chris Sutherland suffered his latest setback in a season beset by injuries when he sustained a hamstring injury playing for the reserves in midweek.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
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Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
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Rotherham v MK Dons  

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1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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