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Team news: Kishishev back for Brighton?

Team news: Kishishev back for Brighton?

By PA Sport
Last update The 25/02/2011 at 19:16 -
By PA Sport - The 25/02/2011 at 19:16
Radostin Kishishev could be added to the Brighton squad for the trip to MK Dons, after a month on the sidelines for Guy Poyet's league-leaders.

MK Dons v Brighton and Hove Albion

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson is hoping for a double striker boost ahead of the visit of league leaders Brighton. Robinson saw his side draw a blank in the goalless draw at home to Oldham on Tuesday night but could welcome Jabo Ibehre and Sam Baldock to his squad against Gus Poyet's side.

Ibehre has missed the last two games with illness but is expected to be back in the fold, while Baldock remains a doubt. Baldock has missed the last seven games after sustaining a hamstring injury last month but returned to training on Monday.

The club also received more positive news as on-loan QPR winger Angelo Balanta has stepped up his rehabilitation from ankle surgery, but Liverpool winger David Amoo has returned to Anfield after a loan spell. Right-back Danny Woodards is a doubt with an ankle injury but Fulham youngster Keanu Marsh-Brown has extended his loan until the end of the season.

Radostin Kishishev could be added to the Brighton squad for the trip. The Bulgarian veteran has not featured for Albion since January due to a back injury and then personal reasons, but he has resumed training and his fitness will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Fellow midfielder Alan Navarro made a welcome return to full training with the rest of the first team on Thursday after six months out with a cruciate injury, although he will not be considered yet.

Left-back Jim McNulty (ankle) and midfielder Jamie Smith (foot) are still on the sidelines but boss Gus Poyet has no new injury problems. Poyet could therefore stick with the side which thumped Plymouth 4-0 in midweek to move four points clear at the top.

Dagenham & Redbridge v Bournemouth

Peter Gain will return to the Dagenham squad for the visit of high-flying Bournemouth. Midfielder Gain is available after a three-match suspension and manager John Still will have to decide whether to change a side that has been doing well to accommodate him.

The Daggers earned a creditable point at home to Huddersfield in midweek thanks to a Danny Green penalty and are off the bottom of League One after Plymouth had 10 points deducted. However, Still's men have as many as three games in hand on those teams and could be clear of trouble if they win them.

Defender Will Antwi is still suffering with a groin problem but his rehabilitation work is well under way and he should be available in a fortnight. Striker Josh Scott is out for the rest of the season with a blood clot.

Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury will be without Warren Cummings for the match. The left-back, who has not trained all week, has been suffering from a bout of tonsilitis which forced him out of Tuesday night's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday. That means Bradbury will select the same matchday squad for the second time in a week.

Ben Williamson faces another two weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury, while long-term absentees Mark Molesley and Steve Lovell are still sidelined. Midfielder Molesley is edging closer to first-team duty following his return to training after an 18-month lay-off with an ankle injury.

Striker Lovell has also returned to training from a similar injury but is only taking part in non-contact sessions for the time being.

Huddersfield Town v Leyton Orient

Huddersfield's leading goalscorer Jordan Rhodes could return to the starting line-up in the home game with Leyton Orient. Rhodes stepped off the substitutes' bench in the midweek draw at Dagenham following a five-game lay-off due to an ankle injury and came through unscathed.

But midfielder Antony Kay sits out the second of a two-game suspension after reaching 10 bookings for the season and central defender Jamie McCombe remains doubtful after missing out on Tuesday night through illness.

Left-back Gary Naysmith is still struggling with the calf strain that sidelined him in midweek, but midfielder Scott Arfield has recovered from the virus that ruled him out of the recent draw at Bournemouth and is pushing for a return to the starting XI. Promotion-chasing Town are unbeaten in their last 10 league games, but have drawn their last three.

Leyton Orient FA Cup hero Jonathan Tehoue is set to be on the bench again for the trip to Huddersfield. The French striker came on as a second-half substitute against Arsenal on Sunday and grabbed a memorable late equaliser to earn Orient a fifth-round replay at the Emirates. But boss Russell Slade will continue to utilise Tehoue as an impact player from the bench, meaning Alex Revell and Scott McGleish will start in attack once more.

Utility-man Jason Crowe needs a late fitness check on the ankle injury which forced him off against the Gunners.

Matthew Spring is still doubful with the calf problem which has kept him out for the last three matches and fellow midfielder Adam Chambers remains sidelined with a shin injury.

Southampton v Swindon Town

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has no new injury problems ahead of the visit of Swindon. Morgan Schneiderlin returned from a calf injury as an unused substitute at Hartlepool in midweek and could come into the starting line-up if Adkins opts to shake things up following the lacklustre 0-0 draw.

Fellow midfielder Adam Lallana came through his first start since early January unscathed following a knee injury and will keep his place. Recent signing Jonathan Forte missed out on a spot in the squad at Victoria Park but could be involved against the Robins.

Veteran striker David Connolly (hernia) is fit but winger Lee Holmes (ankle) is out for the season. Teenage Arsenal loanee James Shea will continue on the bench as cover for Kelvin Davis after back-up keeper Bartosz Bialkowski was crocked in training.

Swindon will be without Elliot Benyon, but Thomas Dossevi should recover in time and Mike Grella is available to make his debut. Benyon was withdrawn due to a hamstring strain just 22 minutes into last Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Carlisle and then missed training on Thursday due to illness, meaning his involvement at St Mary's unlikely.

The striker was replaced by Dossevi, who duly went off at half-time nursing a side complaint, although he was put through his paces with his team-mates on Thursday and is expected to be okay. Meanwhile, fellow forward Grella could make his debut having signed on loan from Leeds for the rest of the season.

Defender Lescinel Jean-Francois may well return to the frame against Saints with his partner now having given birth to their child. But striker Vincent Pericard (knee), winger Alan O'Brien (hamstring) and defender Milan Misun (knee) continue to miss out.

Brentford v Bristol Rovers

Kevin O'Connor and Adam Reed should be available for Brentford when they host Bristol Rovers. Skipper O'Connor was left out of Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Tranmere as a precaution after suffering a groin strain at MK Dons the previous weekend.

Fellow midfielder Reed joined on loan from Sunderland on Monday only to tweak his groin in training, but both should be fit for the weekend. Striker Charlie MacDonald scored upon his return from an ankle injury and came through 73 minutes unscathed so he should start in attack again.

Winger Sam Wood is the only long-term injury absentee and he will resume training next month after recovering from a broken arm. Teenage defender Ryan Blake has extended his loan spell at non-league Ebbsfleet by another two months.

New signing Jerel Ifil will be in the Bristol Rovers squad for the first time when Dave Penney takes his team to Brentford. The 28-year-old defender has signed on non-contract terms until the end of the season following his release from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen and will go straight into the squad to face the Bees. However, fellow defender Carl Regan has joined Notts County on loan, linking up again with his former Macclesfield and MK Dons boss Paul Ince for the third time.

Centre-back Dave McCracken is doubtful with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Stuart Campbell will miss out again with a similar injury. Recent signings Conrad Logan and Danny Senda are set to retain their place in the starting line-up following good contributions to last weekend's 1-0 win over Oldham.

Goalkeeper Logan kept a clean sheet following his arrival from Leicester and full-back Senda played his first full 90 minutes in over two years following a serious knee injury.

Walsall v Rochdale

Walsall hope to include new signing Emmanuel Ledesma in their ranks for the visit of Rochdale. The attack-minded Argentinian midfielder, who left Genoa last month, arrived on Friday afternoon on a deal until the end of the season and will be available should the necessary paperwork be completed in time.

The Saddlers will be forced to make at least one change for the encounter following Matt Gill's return to parent club Norwich. The on-loan central midfielder saw his month-long stay at the Banks's Stadium come to an end with last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Colchester. That means manager Dean Smith has a decision to make as to who fills the void. Ledesma is now an option, subject to availability, while Richard Taundry could move inside from the right and forward Alex Nicholls revert back out wide.

Fit-again Jason Price, who returned to the bench against Colchester after a sore Achilles, would in turn come in to take his place alongside Jon Macken in attack. Darren Byfield has resumed full training after five months out with a knee injury, although this weekend is likely to come too soon for the seasoned striker. Next Saturday's trip to Swindon is a more realistic date for his involvement.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill has no major concerns ahead of the trip. Midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy sustained a cut above his eye in the recent home victory over Sheffield Wednesday and was replaced after just 11 minutes by Matty Done. He looks certain to be available but Done, who had a hand in both goals in a highly impressive performance, is pushing hard for a starting berth.

Hill has no other injury or suspension concerns as his men seek to further enhance their play-off credentials against the struggling Saddlers.

The victory over the Owls, which maintained their play-off push, was Rochdale's last match after their home clash with Southampton last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Spotland.

Tranmere Rovers v Yeovil Town

Tranmere boss Les Parry will be without defender Aaron Cresswell for the home clash with Yeovil. Cresswell sustained a hip injury during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Brentford and will be replaced in the starting line-up by Zoumana Bakayogo. Cresswell joins Dale Jennings, Alan Mahon, Ryan Fraughan and Marlon Broomes in the treatment room at Prenton Park.

Joss Labadie will miss out due to suspension as Tranmere seek to bounce back from their midweek defeat in front of what could be a bumper crowd.

Entrance to all areas of the ground will be just £5 as Rovers bid to grow their fanbase and Parry believes it can only aid his side in their pursuit of victory. "It can have an absolutely massive impact," Parry said.

Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton will again be without injury-hit midfielder Andy Welsh for the trip to Tranmere. The 27-year-old has missed the last two games through injury and is again set to miss out against Rovers.

Dean Bowditch is also a doubt after breaking down in training on Thursday afternoon, although Skiverton will give the former England youth international as much time as possible to prove his fitness. The 24-year-old forward had previously been struggling with a hamstring problem but the Glovers boss insists he is suffering from a new problem.

Loan striker Antonio German is set to continue in attack after making his first start for the club in the 2-0 defeat against Peterborough on February 15, but Adam Virgo and Alex Russell are pushing for starting roles following recent substitute appearances.

Plymouth Argyle v Colchester United

Plymouth boss Peter Reid will have Yala Bolasie back in his squad for the home clash against Colchester. The pacy winger has missed the last three games following his sending-off against Yeovil on February 1 due to an off-the-ball incident, but is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up against the Us.

Teenage midfielder Luke Young, who made his debut for the club during Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat at Brighton on his 18th birthday, could drop to the bench. Karl Duguid and Rory Fallon will both be hoping for recalls following their substitute appearances in midweek, and Duguid could replace Kari Arnason, who is now just one booking away from a two-match ban.

Defender Onismor Bhasera is continuing his rehabilitation from a knee problem and is unlikely to be involved as the Pilgrims look to end a run of six successive league defeats.

Steven Gillespie returns to the Colchester squad for the trip to Plymouth. The striker, who has scored four goals in his last six outings, has been sidelined for a fortnight with a hamstring injury but proved his fitness with a 60-minute run-out in a practice match this week.

Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole also played for an hour, his first match action in 10 months following a cruciate injury, but he needs to build up his fitness before a first-team return. Pat Baldwin looks set to miss out again with an Achilles problem, while fellow defenders Magnus Okuonghae and Brian Wilson are still recovering from ankle injuries.

The Us have not won on the road since October but managed a battling 1-1 draw at Peterborough on Tuesday night.

Oldham Athletic v Peterborough United

Oldham boss Paul Dickov will be without midfielder Dean Furman for the home clash with Peterborough. Furman collected his 10th booking of the season in Tuesday's goalless draw at MK Dons and now begins a two-match ban, ruling him out of this weekend's match.

However, the Latics hope to have Dale Stephens as a ready-made replacement after he recovered from the virus which has kept him out of the last four matches.

Captain and central defender Reuben Hazell was also an absentee against the Dons in midweek due to a back strain picked up in training. He had missed the two previous games through suspension and will now be assessed ahead of Peterborough's visit to Boundary Park.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is set to rotate his squad for the trip. Ferguson admitted after the 1-1 draw with Colchester in midweek that some of his side were looking shattered following a run of six games in 21 days, so he will make changes.

The likes of left-back Tom Kennedy, defender Kelvin Langmead, striker David Ball and wingers Tommy Rowe, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Arron Davies could all come into contention. Central defender Gabriel Zakuani has recovered from a shoulder injury but midfielder Lee Frecklington is set for an operation on his hernia which will keep him out for another month.

Striker Dave Hibbert is the only other absentee as he steps up his comeback from a dislocated knee suffered back in November. A win at Boundary Park could see Ferguson's side climb above Huddersfield into third place.

Exeter City v Hartlepool United

Richard Duffy is again Exeter boss Peter Tisdale's biggest injury worry ahead of the home clash with Hartlepool. The 25-year-old full-back lasted just 11 minutes of the 3-1 win over Charlton on February 19 before suffering an injury in an aerial clash which forced him to sit out the 2-2 draw with Carlisle in midweek.

Liam Sercombe is expected to continue in Duffy's usual role following two impressive performances in his absence. James Dunne is also a doubt after suffering a bruised leg against the Cumbrians despite only playing 21 minutes as a second-half substitute.

Daniel Nardiello, who has scored four goals in his last six appearances, three of which were as a substitute, is pushing for a recall after his 30-minute cameo in midweek and could replace John Flynn as the Grecians attempt to extend their unbeaten run to four games. Winger Jake Thompson has joined Cheltenham on a month's loan.

Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth has injury doubts over James Brown and Paul Murray ahead of the trip. Striker Brown was substituted at half-time during the goalless midweek draw with promotion hopefuls Southampton after taking a kick on the ankle and has not trained since.

However, Wadsworth will be hoping he is fit to resume his blossoming partnership with Ryan Donaldson and the injury will be assessed before the squad set off for St James' Park.

Midfielder Murray has a sore knee after playing three times in the last week and could miss out, but full-back Neil Austin may return to contention after missing the last five games with a calf problem. Utility man Ritchie Humphreys will break Watty Moore's club record of 472 appearances if he appears against the Grecians.

Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday

Carlisle defender Gary Borrowdale will return to the squad for the home clash with Sheffield Wednesday following illness. Borrowdale, on loan from QPR, was sent off in his first full game for the Cumbrians and missed out through suspension before a virus laid him low ahead of the home midweek draw with Exeter.

Central defender Lubo Michalik remains sidelined due to a hamstring injury, but could return to full training next week ahead of schedule. Danny Livesey will continue alongside Peter Murphy at the heart of defence. Another centre-half, Hull's Liam Cooper, is still out with a broken bone in his hand, but is expected to be available next weekend, while skipper Paul Thirlwell is also close to a return to action following a calf injury.

Former Carlisle striker Gary Madine, who will return to Brunton Park for the first time since joining Wednesday, has promised not to celebrate if he scores against his former club.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up for the clash. The Owls turned in their best display under Megson in the midweek draw at Bournemouth and with no new injury or suspension problems, the former Bolton boss is unlikely to make changes.

Richard Hinds is expected to retain his place after returning to the back four on Tuesday in the continued absence of fellow defender Lewis Buxton (hamstring) and Jon Otsemobor (calf), who both remain sidelined.

Giles Coke sits out the final game of a three-match ban, so Chris Sedgwick is likely to partner Tommy Miller in central midfield, while striker Gary Madine will be asked to continue as the lone front man against his former club. Wednesday, six points above the relegation zone in 16th place, are chasing their first league win in 11 matches.

 
 

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