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Dean Court (ATT 5,109) 21st April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

B'mouth Bournemouth vs Colchester United Colchester

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S MacDonald (11)

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T Eastman (84)

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Last Updated: 20/04/12 9:43am

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MacDonald: Back for Cherries

MacDonald: Back for Cherries

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Bournemouth and Colchester at Dean Court.

Bournemouth are set to welcome Shaun MacDonald back into their matchday squad.

The Welsh midfielder missed the 1-0 defeat to Bury last weekend with a dead leg but has recovered in time for the clash with the Us.

Full-back Charlie Daniels will also be available to caretaker manager Paul Groves after coming through his return to first-team action at Gigg Lane unscathed following an ankle injury, but the Cherries will be without three long-term absentees.

Striker Matt Tubbs is still recovering from a hamstring operation, Stephen Purches will not be fit until next year following his double leg break and Charlie Sheringham remains sidelined with a foot injury.

Colchester boast a near fully-fit squad for their trip.

Defender Magnus Okuonghae made his return from injury after one game out to start last weekend's solid 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole (hamstring) also made his first appearance for three months as a late substitute against the Owls and, having got 90 minutes under his belt in the club's midweek Essex Senior Cup final defeat, could be more involved this weekend.

Midfielder Martin Rowlands is the U's only absentee as he recovers from a hamstring strain of his own which looks set to rule him out for the rest of the season.

Manager John Ward made four changes last Saturday and the likes of Michael Rose, Matt Heath, Freddie Sears, Kayode Odejayi and Ashley Vincent will all be pushing for recalls against the Cherries.

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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