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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   

Dave Kitson: Still serving suspension

Dave Kitson: Still serving suspension

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

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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