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Stockport caretaker boss Peter Ward is boosted by the return of Adam Griffin and James Wallace for the home clash with Oxford.

Griffin served a one-match ban during Tuesday`s 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham and on-loan Everton midfielder Wallace returns after suspension.

However, Ryan Doble is still suspended as he serves the second game of a three-match ban and Danny O'Donnell is doubtful due to injury.

The centre-half was forced off with an ankle injury in the early stages of Tuesday`s loss at Whaddon Road and may now miss out altogether.

County find themselves bottom of the Football League with 12 games remaining - four points and a healthy goal difference from safety.

Ward said: "We've only 12 games left and we have to start picking up points."

Oxford boss Chris Wilder is expected to make a number of changes.

Wilder was not happy with the 3-1 defeat to Lincoln on Tuesday, their second successive League Two defeat.

He was particularly annoyed with the defence so French centre-back Djoumin Sangare, who impressed for the reserves in midweek, and Ben Purkiss could earn recalls.

Striker Alfie Potter, winger Simon Hackney and midfielder Jack Midson all came on against Lincoln and could come in after all got on the scoresheet in the reserve game. Doncaster loanee Josh Payne and Simon Clist are also options in the middle of the park.

Despite the recent losses, United are still only two points away from the play-offs as they chase back-to-back promotions.

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