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Vale Park (ATT 6,394) 25th April 2014 - Kick off 20:00

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Chris Lines: Back in the fray

Chris Lines: Back in the fray

Team news for Friday's League One clash between Port Vale and Sheffield United at Vale Park.

Richard Duffy has added to Port Vale's injury problems ahead of the visit of Sheffield United.

Duffy came off injured early in the second half of the 1-0 defeat at Rotherham on Monday and the central defender is a doubt for Friday night.

With Rob Taylor (thigh), Doug Loft (broken cheekbone), Joe Davis (hamstring) and Tom Pope (ankle) all out, Vale manager Micky Adams was only able to name five substitutes on the bench against the Millers - including youth-team defender Nathan Smith and first-teamers Jennison Myrie-Williams and Anthony Griffith who were not fully fit.

Some good news for Adams sees midfielder Chris Lines come back into the reckoning after a four-match suspension.

Sheffield United trio Michael Doyle, Stefan Scougall and Jose Baxter could all return to the starting line-up in Friday's game against Port Vale.

Skipper Doyle and striker Baxter started on the substitutes' bench in Monday's goalless draw at Tranmere and Scougall was rested altogether, but all three are pushing for recalls.

Bob Harris is not expected to recover from a groin injury so Matt Hill is likely to resume in defence, but manager Nigel Clough has no new injury or suspension concerns.

The Blades, in eighth place in the table, are unbeaten in their last five league matches.

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Table

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