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Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston North End and Colchester United at Deepdale

Last Updated: 22/11/13 at 15:06   

Neil Kilkenny: Could make his debut

Neil Kilkenny: Could make his debut

Preston boss Simon Grayson could hand Neil Kilkenny his first start when Colchester visit Deepdale.

The on-loan Bristol City midfielder made his Lilywhites debut when he came off the bench in the closing stages of the 1-0 victory over high-flying Leyton Orient last Saturday. He is in contention to be named in the starting XI against the U's.

Stuart Beavon serves the second game of a three-match suspension for seeing red in the 6-0 FA Cup victory over Barnet.

Young midfielder Jeffrey Monakana, who recently returned from a loan spell with Saturday's opponents, could play some part.

Colchester manager Joe Dunne will be without midfielder Craig Eastmond for the trip to Preston.

Eastmond picked up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's 2-1 defeat by Swindon and serves a one-match ban. On-loan striker Elliot Lee, who started four games for the U's, has returned to West Ham.

Jabo Ibehre and Gavin Massey were second-half substitutes in that game and featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly in midweek, along with leading scorer Freddie Sears. They will be hoping they did enough to convince Dunne they are fit to face North End.

David Wright is also set to return from injury as the U's chase their fourth league victory of the season.

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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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