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Bramall Lane (ATT 19,888) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Rushton

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Preston North End Preston

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Last Updated: 26/04/13 12:04pm

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Tony McMahon: Doubtful for Blades

Tony McMahon: Doubtful for Blades

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Sheffield United and Preston at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United defenders Tony McMahon and Danny Higginbotham are both expected to miss out.

McMahon missed the midweek defeat at Crewe with an Achilles problem that has required an injection, while Higginbotham was replaced at half-time on Tuesday night due to a hamstring strain.

Manager Chris Morgan is unlikely to risk either player in the final game of the regular season ahead of next week's play-off semi-finals.

Another defender, Matt Hill, and striker Dave Kitson are both likely to return to contention after being rested at Crewe.

Midfielder Callum McFadzean is hoping to retain his place after making his first league start for the club in midweek and fellow teenager Joe Ironside is pushing for his full first-team debut.

The Blades, assured of a top-six finish, have won only one of their last seven matches and are chasing their first league win in four.

Preston will have Keith Keane available for their trip.

The defender was due to go under the knife to sort out a hernia problem on Thursday but has postponed the operation after Paul Connolly picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday night's defeat to Crawley.

Joe Garner is expected to return into contention after sitting out in midweek due to a knee complaint, while Stuart Beavon will have his shoulder injury assessed, but Simon Grayson has everyone else available.

"There is no better game to end the season for the players," the manager told the club's official website. "A Roses match, a big crowd, players wanting to perform well against some good players who are trying to get into the Championship, so it's a good test for us and it's a game everybody should be looking forward to."

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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