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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 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