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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 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30