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Swindon have no new injury problems ahead of their eagerly-anticipated play-off semi-final first-leg against Charlton at the County Ground.

Striker Vincent Pericard remains on the sidelines with the troublesome heel injury that ruled him out of the closing stages of the regular season while long-term absentee Kurt Hammonds (knee) will also continue to watch from the stands.

Manager Danny Wilson said: "Everybody`s fine and you would expect it as well at this stage because of the size of the game and the rewards at the end of it."

Wilson is likely to revert to the tried and trusted XI that started last weekend`s final-day defeat at Millwall, although Scott Cuthbert could challenge Lescinel Jean-Francois` place in defence.

Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin, who have 45 league goals between them this term, will continue their strike partnership and look to hand the Robins what could be a crucial first-leg advantage heading into Monday`s decider at The Valley.

Sam Sodje returns for Charlton.

The defender pulled out of last Saturday's win at Oldham after injuring himself in the warm-up.

Sodje should go straight back into the starting line-up even though his replacement at centre-half, Miguel Llera, got on the scoresheet at Boundary Park.

The Addicks have no fresh injury concerns and could recall veteran frontman Nicky Forster, who was rested at the weekend.

Defenders Kelly Youga (knee) and Grant Basey (ankle) remain long-term absentees but striker Leon McKenzie could be added to the bench after recovering from a thigh injury.

Fellow forward Chris Dickson is also available having returned to The Valley after a loan spell with Gillingham.

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Scott Cuthbert
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