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Barnsley Vs Doncaster Rovers, Sat 27 Mar 2010

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Barnsley could be boosted by the return of defender Rob Kozluk and winger Adam Hammill for the South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster.

Kozluk, sidelined since late January with a knee injury, has returned to full training with the Tykes this week and could be included.

Hammill missed the midweek defeat at Bristol City due to a hamstring strain, but is expected to be back in contention.

Manager Mark Robins is still without on-loan Stoke defender Carl Dickinson, who has returned to his parent club for treatment on damaged knee ligaments.

In Dickinson's absence Stephen Foster is likely to continue alongside Ryan Shotton in central defence, with Luke Potter and Bobby Hassell making up the back four.

Barnsley's outside play-off hopes have nose-dived in recent weeks, with Robins' side losing three of their last five league matches.

Doncaster are hoping James Coppinger can return to the squad at Oakwell.

Coppinger missed the midweek home defeat to Newcastle with a knock, but is expected to be available for the clash.

Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll has no new injury or suspension worries, but skipper Brian Stock, struggling with a back complaint, is not expected to return to contention until after Easter.

O'Driscoll must decide whether to recall on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who started on the bench on Tuesday, or retain Mark Wilson, Martin Woods, John Oster and Dean Shiels.

Billy Sharp is expected to continue alongside James Hayter up front as Doncaster look to bounce back with a victory that will keep them in touch with the top six.M

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