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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 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30