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Arnason to win fitness battle

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Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock expects central defender Kari Arnason to be fit for the home clash with Sheffield United.

The Iceland international was ruled out of last Saturday's abandoned game against Barnsley by a groin injury but returned to training on Thursday.

On-loan Manchester United right-back David Gray (hip) is also back at Home Park after returning from training with the Red Devils reserves earlier in the week.

In Gray's absence, Sturrock recalled on-loan full-back Darcy Blake and Hungary international defender Krisztian Timar against the Tykes.

Midfielder Jim Paterson (hamstring) is likely to miss out again while Benin international defender Reda Johnson has recovered from a knee injury but lacks match fitness.

Experienced defender Chris Barker (calf) is still on the road to recovery and is not expected back until at least the end of the month or early in the new year.

Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips (knee) is also ruled out.

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell could name an unchanged starting line-up for the first time this season.

The Blades have been badly hit by a catalogue of injuries in recent weeks but Blackwell could start with the same side that began in last week's victory at Bristol City.

Striker Henri Camara, who scored on his home debut in the recent win over Peterborough, remains sidelined with a hamstring strain and defender Jonathan Fortune is struggling with a similar problem, although he has a grade two tear.

Goalkeeper Ian Bennett is nursing a nasty thumb injury so Blackwell must choose between Carl Ikeme, who made his debut last week, and Mark Bunn, on loan from Wolves and Blackburn respectively.

Defenders Gary Naysmith and Derek Geary, both recently recovered from long-term knee injuries, are struggling with muscle strains and will be rested while Kyel Reid misses out due to a viral infection.

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