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Last Updated: 16/09/11 2:56pm

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Montgomery: Still out injured

Montgomery: Still out injured

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Sheffield United and Colchester United at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois returns to contention for the home game with Colchester following suspension.

The French left-back sat out the home defeat to Huddersfield in midweek after reaching five yellow cards and manager Danny Wilson must now decide whether to recall him to the starting line-up or retain Marcus Williams.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald was a half-time substitute against Huddersfield following an ankle injury and is pushing for a return to the starting line-up, as is striker Ched Evans, who also stepped off the bench in midweek.

But fellow midfielder Nick Montgomery is still struggling with a similar problem and is not ready to return, while defenders Chris Morgan and Johnny Ertl (both knee) remain sidelined.

Wilson has no new injury or suspension worries as his side look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.

Meanwhile, Jon-Joe O'Toole will miss Colchester's trip to high-flying Sheffield United through suspension.

The midfielder shrugged off injury to be named on the bench for Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Brentford but, having been introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute, was shown a straight red card late on for a lunging tackle on Myles Weston.

O'Toole now starts a three-match ban and will miss the games against the Blades, Walsall and Chesterfield.

Magnus Okuonghae returned in midweek having missed last Saturday's draw against Leyton Orient with an ankle problem and is set to keep his place at the heart of defence in what could well be an unchanged side.

Colchester have now drawn each of their last three matches 1-1 and travel to Bramall Lane to face a United side second in League One only by virtue of a slender goal difference.

Ashley Vincent (knee) and Bradley Hamilton (fractured cheekbone) remain in the treatment room.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33