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Doncaster and Sheffield United will both be aiming to revitalise their play-off hopes when the two meet.
Last Updated: 19/03/10 12:25pm
Doncaster and Sheffield United will both be aiming to revitalise their play-off hopes with three points as the two meet at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
The Blades currently occupy seventh place in the Championship table but are three points behind Cardiff, who occupy the last play-off spot with a game to spare.
Doncaster are just a point behind their weekend opponents but a home win could see them surge back into contention for a promotion shout.
Rovers will be without striker Billy Sharp for the South Yorkshire derby clash against his parent club.
Sharp, who has scored 15 goals for Rovers since arriving on a season-long loan in September, is not available for manager Sean O'Driscoll, who is expected instead to hand a start to James Hayter.
O'Driscoll has several selection headaches as key players return to full fitness following injury.
Central defender Adam Lockwood is pushing for his place back in the starting line-up after a foot injury, while Shelton Martis and Sam Hird were partnered together for the midweek win at Peterborough.
Defender James O'Connor and midfielder Mark Wilson are also hoping to return after dropping to the substitutes' bench on Tuesday night.
Rovers, unbeaten in their last five league matches, could close to within one point of the play-offs with victory over the Blades, who lie one place and a point above their rivals.
Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell must decide between new loan signing Steve Simonsen, Ian Bennett or Mihkel Aksalu in goal.
First-choice Mark Bunn was recalled by parent club Blackburn following an injury to Paul Robinson so Bennett and Aksalu, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal in January when he arrived from Flora Tallinn, had been vying to replace him.
However, the last minute arrival of Stoke's Simonsen means the pair may be forced to wait for their turn in goal with the Potters shot-stopper expected get the nod at Doncaster.
Skipper Chris Morgan will complete his two-game ban, so Nyron Nosworthy should continue alongside Marcel Seip in central defence.
Midfielder Lee Williamson (hamstring) and on-loan Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley (food poisoning) returned to the substitutes' bench in midweek and could feature again.
But on-loan Fulham full-back Toni Kallio (calf), Jamie Ward (hamstring) and Ched Evans (collarbone) are still out, as are long-term absentees Gary Naysmith and Ryan France (both knee) and Derek Geary (ankle).