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Deepdale (ATT 9,626) 29th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Rushton

Preston Preston North End vs Doncaster Rovers Doncaster

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D Cotterill (30)
B Paynter (pen 76)

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Last Updated: 28/12/12 3:06pm

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Shane Cansdell-Sherriff: Back from ban

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff: Back from ban

Team news ahead of the League One clash between Preston and Doncaster at Deepdale.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff is available for Preston after serving a two-match ban.

Cansdell-Sherriff was sent off during the closing stages of North End's Johnstone's Paint Trophy penalty shoot-out triumph over Bury earlier this month and was forced to sit out two games for a second red card this season.

Will Hayhurst made his first start on Boxing Day against Bury since the similarly goalless draw with MK Dons in October as a replacement for Lee Holmes, who is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks with a groin injury suffered after scoring during last weekend's 1-1 draw at Coventry.

Striker Stuart Beavon was ruled out in midweek after collecting a hip injury during the warm-up at the Ricoh Arena and David Amoo, Lee Trundle, Anthony Elding and Graham Cummins could all push to bolster Graham Westley's misfiring forward line.

North End won 3-1 at Doncaster in November, but the Bury stalemate was their fifth goalless draw in the league this season and they lie eight points shy of the play-off places in 14th.

Doncaster will not be able to call on Iain Hume.

Hume is on loan at Rovers from North End, recently extending his stay at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the season, and the Canada international striker is ineligible under the terms of the agreement.

His enforced absence could present an opportunity for either Chris Brown or Robbie Blake to come into the starting line-up.

Martin Woods is closing in on a return from a thigh injury while fellow midfielder Dave Syers marked his comeback from an ankle knock with the winning goal from the bench in injury at Oldham on Boxing Day.

Midfielder Sammy Clingan has left the club after his short-term contract expired.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19