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Crawley skipper Josh Simpson hopes to return for the re-arranged visit of the Railwaymen.

The original match was due to be played on Saturday only to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Six-goal midfielder Simpson has been sidelined for a month after suffering ankle ligament damage during the 1-1 draw against Doncaster but stepped up his training last week.

Defender Joe Walsh would have missed out on Saturday as he was on Wales Under-21 duty but he could now be available.

However, on-loan Millwall striker Aiden O'Brien is with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s for Monday night's friendly against Portugal.

Centre-half Kyle McFadzean will miss out again as he continues to build up his fitness following the virus which struck him down in November.

Crewe will make late checks on three players.

Saturday's planned meeting between the two sides was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but the clubs quickly agreed to a new date.

The delay could prove a welcome boost for Steve Davis' side as it has given skipper Luke Murphy and winger Byron Moore more time to recover from injury, while Mathias Pogba has returned from international duty.

But the trio will still have to be assessed ahead of the game. Murphy suffered a slight groin injury in last Tuesday's 2-1 win over MK Dons while Moore is struggling with a dead leg.

Pogba has only just returned to the country after playing half-an-hour for Guinea in their World Cup qualifier against Mozambique on Sunday and may not be risked.

Loanee Brad Inman (ankle) and Jon Guthrie (hernia) are definitely out.

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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
19:45
Chesterfld v Swindon  
Leyton Or v Preston  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
15:00
Bradford v Doncaster  
Bristol C v Oldham  
Chesterfld v Yeovil  
Colchester v Port Vale  
Crawley v Crewe  
Fleetwood v Gillingham  
Leyton Or v Coventry  
MK Dons v Swindon  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 15 15 33
2 Preston 13 13 28
3 Notts Co 14 9 26
4 Peterboro 15 7 26
5 Sheff Utd 14 4 26
6 Oldham 15 6 25
7 MK Dons 13 12 24
8 Rochdale 14 11 23
9 Swindon 13 10 23
10 Chesterfld 14 2 19
11 Fleetwood 15 1 19
12 Bradford 15 -1 19
13 Crawley 15 -10 18
14 Colchester 15 -1 17
15 Barnsley 14 -2 16
16 Port Vale 15 -3 16
17 Coventry 15 -7 16
18 Leyton Or 14 -3 15
19 Walsall 15 -3 15
20 Doncaster 13 -8 15
21 Gillingham 15 -7 14
22 Yeovil 15 -14 13
23 Crewe 15 -19 13
24 Scunthrpe 15 -12 12

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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