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Deepdale (ATT 11,451) 6th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Preston Preston North End vs Colchester United Colchester

Preston 2

N Mellor (60)
P Coutts (70)

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Colchester 4

A Wordsworth (12)
I Henderson (49, 65)
K Odejayi (76)

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Carlisle: Set for North End debut

Carlisle: Set for North End debut

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

Phil Brown is set to hand league debuts to Clarke Carlisle and Brian McLean.

North End this week secured the services of former Falkirk defender McLean, signing the Scot on a two-year deal after he featured in four of their pre-season encounters.

Carlisle has joined on a one-year loan deal from Lancashire neighbours Burnley while Graham Alexander has also arrived at Deepdale from Turf Moor on a one-year deal.

Goalkeeper Iain Turner is looking to make his first appearance as a Preston player after spending 17 games on loan from Everton last term.

Conor McLaughlin is doubtful with hamstring injury, Ian Ashbee is set to miss out with a knee problem while David Gray is definitely out with a broken leg sustained against Norwich in March.

Steven Gillespie will be checked over ahead although the striker is likely to be fit.

Gillespie sustained a slight groin injury during pre-season and has been monitored by manager John Ward in the build up to the big kick-off at Deepdale.

Goalkeeper Ben Williams has returned to training following his worrying summer viral infection but the encounter comes too soon for him.

Midfielder Andy Bond will not be risked having suffered a serious head injury in a collision with team-mate Mark Cousins during a recent friendly against Ipswich.

Youngster Jordan Sanderson also misses out having broken a bone in his foot during pre-season.

But there could well be debuts for summer signings Michael Rose, Tom Eastman and Karl Duguid, the latter of whom - seventh on the Us list of record appearance holders - has returned to the club three years after his departure.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 26 57
2 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Oldham Athletic 26 37
10 Peterborough United 27 37
11 Fleetwood Town 28 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 27 34
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 28 32
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25