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Peterborough United Vs Sheffield United, Sat 20 Feb 2010

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Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith is set for a place on the bench as new boss Jim Gannon defends his 100% home record against Sheffield United.

Fans favourite Mackail-Smith was hauled off after just 35 minutes of the 3-1 win over Ipswich in midweek and Gannon said after the game he would be reverting to his favoured 4-3-3 formation from now on.

That should see Reuben Reid start on the right of the front three, with captain George Boyd on the left and Liam Dickinson through the middle.

Dickinson scored the opener against Ipswich on his debut after signing from Brighton.

Defender Gabriel Zakuani is Gannon`s only injury concern as he battles a persistent groin injury but the DR Congo international has an outside chance of being involved.

Sheffield United are likely to be thin on the ground.

Marcel Seip, Chris Morgan, James Harper, Ryan France, Derek Geary and Kyle Bartley have been absent from training with the latter pair picking up injuries in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Manager Kevin Blackwell will make a late decision over their availability.

Toni Kallio, Nick Montgomery, Nyron Nosworthy, Lee Williamson and Jamie Ward also sustained injuries in that clash and have only been able to train after treatment and it remains to be seen whether or not they will make the clash at London Road.

But with few other options at his disposal, Blackwell may be forced into putting some of those players into action regardless of their fitness.

Darius Henderson misses out as he begins a three-match ban following his dismissal against Forest.

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Peterborough United
Jamie Ward
Ipswich Town
Darius Henderson
Football
Kyle Bartley
Liam Dickinson
Gabriel Zakuani
Nyron Nosworthy
Reuben Reid
Marcel Seip
Ryan France
Lee Williamson
Nottingham Forest
George Boyd
Toni Kallio
James Harper
Sheffield United
Nick Montgomery
Craig Mackail-Smith
James Harper
Derek Geary
Chris Morgan
Brighton & Hove Albion
Marvin Bartley

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