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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,511) 1st February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Sarginson

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Coventry City Coventry

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Callum Ball: Available for Sky Blues

Callum Ball: Available for Sky Blues

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

Sheffield United defender Neill Collins could return to the starting line-up.

The centre-half made his first appearance since suffering a triple fracture of his cheekbone in the Boxing Day win over Scunthorpe when he stepped off the bench in last week's FA Cup defeat at Reading.

Collins, wearing a protective mask, suffered a bang in the face during training this week, but suffered no further damage and will feature.

Fellow defender Marcus Williams is hoping to return to full fitness having been ruled out of the last two games through illness, but the Blades will be without striker Nick Blackman, who was sold to Reading on Wednesday for a reported £1.2million.

Richard Cresswell and Ryan Flynn will be vying to start in place of Blackman, while young striker Joe Ironside is still waiting for his first start after making nine substitute appearances this season.

Manager Danny Wilson has no new injury or suspension problems.

Coventry have a clean bill of health ahead of their trip.

Boss Mark Robins confirmed that there were no new problems picked up from the 2-2 draw with Preston at the weekend which stretched the Sky Blues' unbeaten run to three matches.

Coventry go into the game four points behind the sixth-placed Blades and could take a giant stride towards a play-off place with a victory.

Robins has David Bell and Callum Ball available should he feel the need to make any changes.

Midfielder Bell has yet to make an appearance this season after suffering a broken metatarsal in training following his comeback from a hip problem, but netted twice for the club's Under-21s side in midweek.

On-loan striker Ball has also recovered from a foot injury and both are in contention.

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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 Chesterfield 39 57
7 Rochdale 38 56
8 Barnsley 39 56
9 Peterborough United 39 56
10 Bradford City 38 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