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FOOTBALL: NATIONWIDE DIVISION ONE PREVIEW.

BARNSLEY

v BURNLEY

BARNSLEY welcome back Lee Crooks after the midfielder missed last week's trip to Portsmouth through illness. The Tykes have no other fresh injury concerns.

Burnley could hand a first start to recent pounds 1m signing Robbie Blake after he impressed against Watford alongside Ian Moore up front. Centre-half Ian Cox may be recalled to the side.

Verdict: Barns stormer

CREWE v

COVENTRY

DARIO GRADI will miss Geoff Thomas (knee) and Wayne Collins (hamstring). Phil Charnock (thigh) is doubtful. Gradi may bring Dave Walton back and rest Stephen Foster and Rodney Jack.

Coventry defender Gary Breen (double vision) should be fit but Moroccan Youssef Chippo (ankle) is doubtful.

Verdict: Coventry on top

N FOREST v MILLWALL

FOREST welcome back defender Jim Brennan, who has missed three matches while on Gold Cup duty with Canada.

Winger Christophe Kinet (hamstring) should return for Millwall but Steven Reid (ribs) could be out.

Striker Steve Claridge is still out and Richard Sadlier plays his last match before linking up with the Ireland squad.

Verdict: A tough draw

SHEFF UNITED

v PORTSMOUTH

PAUL Furlong is in the Blades squad after joining on loan from Birmingham. Canadian striker Paul Peschisolido (toe) is the Yorkshire club''s only doubt.

Nigel Quashie (ankle) and Shaun Derry (virus) return for Pompey, but Jamie Vincent (knee) remains doubtful and Linvoy Primus will play his last game before a ban.

Verdict: Sharp Blades

WALSALL v

SHEFFIELD WED

WALSALL'S new boss Colin Lee could add fresh signings Marcelo and Martin O'Connor to his line up. French defender Frederic Biancalani is available again.

Defender Leigh Bromby (hamstring) misses out for Wednesday along with Ashley Westwood (ankle ligament). Marlon Broomes (ankle), Shefki Kuqi (hamstring) and Gerald Sibon (back) are all battling to be fit.

Verdict: Owls are soaring

WATFORD v

GRIMSBY

WATFORD welcome the return of centre back Pierre Issa, but Heidar Helguson is still suspended. Young winger Lee Cook looks set to stay in after shining against Burnley.

Grimsby player-boss Paul Groves could be without defender Simon Ford and Stracy Coldicott, both struggling with hip injuries.

Verdict: Luca looks good

GILLINGHAM v

WIMBLEDON

GILLS' manager Andy Hessenthaler will name a squad similar to the one which earned the 1-0 FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers. Striker Paul Shaw is back in contention.

Dons are without David Connolly, but in-form Neil Shipperley is fit. Swedish midfielder Hakan Mild (groin) will not feature.

Verdict: Dons too smart

ROTHERHAM v

STOCKPORT

SKIPPER Kevin Watson could return for Rotherham after food poisoning but defender Rob Scott is struggling and Marvin Bryan may step in.

Rob Clare (hamstring) is a major doubt for Stockport and veteran goalkeeper Andy Dibble (ankle) is definitely out, with Lee Jones replacing him. Striker Jon Daly is still suspended.

Verdict: Out for County

BRADFORD v

BIRMINGHAM

GARY Locke returns from suspension and Adam Combe, on loan from Dundee United, should continue in goal for Bradford. Peter Atherton, Robert Molenaar, Gunnar Halle, Aidan Davison and David Wetherall are all injured.

Birmingham loan signing Paul Devlin could make his debut, but international clearance has yet to come through for Stern John.

Verdict: Blues joy

Tomorrow: Kick off 6.15pm

MANCHESTER CITY v PRESTON

STRIKER Paulo Wanchope, centre-half Steve Howey and wing-back Danny Tiatto could return for City.

Preston will gave a late test to skipper Sean Gregan, while Michael Jackson could return and Chris Lucketti is free from suspension.

Verdict: Kev marches on

Tomorrow: Kick off 2.15pm

WEST BROM

v NORWICH

WEST BROM boss Gary Megson, expected to name an unchanged side, gave a run-out to squad players Jordao, Tony Butler, Warren Cummings and James Chambers during a midweek reserve outing and they all emerged unscathed.

Norwich City should name an unchanged squad with injured Iwan Roberts missing out again.Verdict: Baggies held

Tomorrow: Kick off 2.15pm
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Date:Feb 9, 2002
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