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Howard suspended for Blades; Plymouth set to make changes

By Ben Collins.   Last Updated: 31/10/08 12:35pm

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Speed: Could return

Speed: Could return

Sheffield United will be without Brian Howard for Saturday's home clash against fellow play-off hopefuls Plymouth.

The on-loan midfielder, who is expected to make a permanent move from Barnsley in January, must serve a one-match ban after accumulating five yellow cards.

Gary Speed could come in after missing the last two games with a calf strain, although Nick Montgomery and Greg Halford are alternative options.

Matt Kilgallon is available again following his three-game ban but manager Kevin Blackwell is not expected to split up his central-defensive partnership of Chris Morgan and Ugo Ehiogu.

Full-back Sun Jihai will continue in place of Gary Naysmith, who is still nursing a groin problem.

Return trip

Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock takes his side to Sheffield for the second time in five days after Argyle won 1-0 at his former club Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

That put the Pilgrims in ninth place, just one point behind the hosts in sixth.

Plymouth picked up a couple of knocks at Hillsborough and Sturrock believes the long journey has left some of his players feeling tired.

Winger Jamie Mackie and central midfielder Yoann Folly could come into contention after missing Tuesday's win with flu, while right-back Mat Doumbe (foot) and striker Emile Mpenza (knee) may also return.

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2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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