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Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Bristol City and Colchester United at Ashton Gate.

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Marvin Elliott: Out of the clash

Marvin Elliott: Out of the clash

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Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliott is a major doubt for the Ashton Gate clash with Colchester.

Sean O'Driscoll's men are still searching for their first three-point haul of the season and may have to manage without the Jamaica international who has a groin problem.

Aden Flint and Joe Bryan came through the midweek Capital One Cup defeat with Southampton unscathed after slight niggles, although Flint is just one yellow card away from serving a one-match ban.

On-loan Derby defender James O'Connor is likely to need thigh surgery and faces months on the sidelines, leaving O'Driscoll hunting for a new defender, ideally before the home game against the U's.

Colchester manager Joe Dunne has a mountain of injury problems ahead of the trip to winless Bristol City.

Goalkeeper Mark Cousins (foot), defenders Ryan Dickson (illness), Josh Thomson, Tom Eastman (both ankle) and Mason Spence (hamstring), midfielder Tosin Olufemi (thigh) as well as forwards Gavin Massey (hamstring), Sanchez Watt (thigh) and Drey Wright (knee) are all absent.

Conor Hubble (dead leg) is struggling but has a chance of making it while Daniel Pappoe serves the second game of a three-match suspension.

A rare piece of good news for boss Dunne sees influential defender Magnus Okuonghae return from suspension.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C
Coventry v Peterboro
Crewe v Sheff Utd
Doncaster v MK Dons
Gillingham v Crawley
Oldham v Bradford
Port Vale v Leyton Or
Preston v Fleetwood
Scunthrpe v Notts Co
Swindon v Colchester

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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