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Deepdale (ATT 10,759) 27th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Madley

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Last Updated: 26/08/11 11:51am

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Hume: Set to return for North End

Hume: Set to return for North End

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

Preston boss Phil Brown will be without rookie defender Daniel Devine.

Devine has been ruled out of action for up to four weeks after sustaining a broken jaw following an incident in Preston city centre last weekend.

The 18-year-old, who started in North End's last four games, is currently back home with his family in Northern Ireland as he recovers from the injury sustained just hours after the 1-0 home win over Exeter.

Influential skipper Iain Hume missed the Exeter game with a thigh injury, while left-back Steven Smith was also absent due to a calf complaint.

Hume and Smith should be fit to face the Magpies and rookie defender Conor McLaughlin is also edging closer to full fitness.

The 20-year-old came on as a late substitute against Exeter for his first appearance since suffering a fracture and dislocation of his ankle in February.

Notts County have problems in central midfield ahead of the trip.

Captain Neal Bishop will be suspended at Deepdale after he was sent off for two bookable offences during the defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

He joins Ricky Ravenhill, who is still suffering from concussion following the victory over Tranmere 10 days ago, on the sidelines.

However, manager Martin Allen has moved to plug the void by signing the experienced Gavin Mahon on a pay-as-you play deal until January. He could make his debut on Saturday.

Allen is also hoping to boost his squad further with the addition of a striker before the game.

Striker Karl Hawley is set to return to Preston for the first time since leaving Deepdale to join Notts two years ago.

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Sky Bet League 1

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