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Murphy: Poised for home debut

Murphy: Poised for home debut

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

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson is expected to hand home debuts to defender Danny Higginbotham and striker Jamie Murphy.

Former Stoke player Higginbotham, who recently signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, has started in the Blades' last two games away from Bramall Lane, while Murphy completed his permanent switch from Motherwell last week in time to make his debut in the FA Cup win at Oxford.

Manager Danny Wilson has no new injury or suspension worries, but is without defenders Matt Hill (broken jaw) and Neill Collins (fractured cheekbone) for six and eight weeks respectively, while striker Shaun Miller (knee) is out for the rest of the season.

Forward John Cofie has returned to Manchester United following the end of his half-season loan spell and midfielder David McAllister this week completed a permanent move to Shrewsbury.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard (thigh) and defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois (knee) are both back in training, but not yet ready to feature as the Blades look to climb back into the top two.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson will be boosted by the return of top scorer Paddy Madden.

Madden, who has scored 10 goals this season, was cup-tied for the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy area semi-final defeat at Leyton Orient but is set to return.

Johnson, who was unhappy at his side's defeat to ten-man Orient, has suggested that 'a couple' of new faces could be brought in.

And any new recruits could come straight into contention at Bramall Lane with midfielder Ed Upson being forced off with a knee injury on Tuesday while Dominic Blizzard also required treatment.

Fit-again left-back Nathan Ralph returned to action with a substitute appearance and is likely to be involved in the squad again.

However Keanu Marsh-Brown and Reuben Reid were not involved and it remains to be seen whether Johnson involves the duo against Danny Wilson's men.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40