Sheffield United Vs Middlesbrough, Sat 16 Jan 2010

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Sheffield United defender Matt Kilgallon is back in contention for his side's home league clash with Middlesbrough.

Kilgallon, who missed the midweek FA Cup win at QPR due to a hamstring problem, has declared himself fit, but Henri Camara (groin) remains doubtful after sitting out the third-round replay at Loftus Road.

Blades manager Kevin Blackwell must decide whether to include Kilgallon, yet to sign a new contract offer at Bramall Lane, or retain recent signing Marcel Seip alongside Chris Morgan at the heart of defence.

Fellow striker Darius Henderson overcame a gluteal muscle problem to step off the bench against QPR and is available, but Gary Naysmith is still working towards full fitness following a knee injury.

Jamie Ward and Lee Williamson are both expected to be included in the squad despite recent niggles.

Middlesbrough will include new signings Chris Killen, Willo Flood and Barry Robson in their squad.

Boro manager Gordon Strachan, who completed the permanent signing of the former Celtic trio earlier his week, will also be boosted by the return of Jeremie Aliadiere.

The French winger has been sidelined since Boxing Day due to the recurrence of an ankle injury, but is back in contention and ready to add to Strachan's selection dilemmas.

Striker Leroy Lita will sit out the final game of a three-match ban, but Strachan is hoping Adam Johnson has shaken off a hamstring problem that would have ruled him out last weekend had the home clash with Swansea not been postponed.

Isaiah Osbourne (groin) and Marvin Emnes (bruised ribs) are expected to return to the squad, but Emanuel Pogatetz is still out with a hamstring injury and Seb Hines (ankle and medial ligament) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain long-term absentees.

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Jamie Ward
Darius Henderson
Henri Camara
Gordon Strachan
Jeremie Aliadiere
Marcel Seip
Marvin Emnes
Lee Williamson
Emanuel Pogatetz
Seb Hines
Willo Flood
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United
Matthew Bates
Isaiah Osbourne
Leroy Lita
FA Cup
Matthew Bates
Gary Naysmith
Adam Johnson
Chris Morgan
Barry Robson
Swansea City

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