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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24