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

Last Updated: 10/01/14 at 12:35

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Oxford will be without experienced striker Dave Kitson once more when they host Portsmouth.

A string of postponements has meant the former Reading forward is still waiting to sit out the final game of a two-match ban for yellow card accumulations.

The U's saw their FA Cup clash at Charlton postponed twice which means they are yet to kick a ball in anger in 2014 but the break means Fulham loanee Ryan Williams looks likely to have recovered from his ankle injury.

The club confirmed this week that midfielder Jon Meades is well on his way to a recovery now from an ankle injury after a nightmare first season with the U's but he is some way from a first-team return.

Portsmouth could have a new-look side when they head to Oxford.

Boss Richie Barker has drafted in young Swansea defender Daniel Alfei on a month's loan and made three permanent signings to ease the injury crisis at Fratton Park.

Full-back Nicky Shorey and strikers Ryan Taylor and Jake Jervis have also arrived at Fratton Park and will be pushing for debuts.

Barker is still without Simon Ferry, Adam Webster (both hamstring), Danny East (ankle), Andy Barcham (thigh), Dan Butler and Tom Craddock (both knee) while Shaun Cooper's short-term contract at the club has expired.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool
Carlisle v Oxford Utd
Luton v Northamptn
Newport v Accrington
Plymouth v Cheltenhm
Shrewsbury v Portsmth
Southend v Bury
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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