Sheffield United Vs Portsmouth, Sat 18 Sep 2010

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Sheffield United skipper Chris Morgan is hoping to return to the Blades' starting line-up for the home clash with Portsmouth.

But manager Gary Speed is not expected to make too many other changes despite his side's 4-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe in midweek.

Morgan returned to the substitutes' bench following a calf injury against Scunthorpe, but Speed could recall him in place of either Kyle Bartley or Nyron Nosworthy, both on season-long loans.

The Blades have scored only three goals in their first six league matches and Speed could be tempted to hand summer signing Daniel Bogdanovic his first start in a United shirt. The Malta international replaced Ched Evans on Tuesday night.

Long-term absentees Darius Henderson (hamstring), Lee Williamson (back) and Ryan France (knee) are still sidelined.

Portsmouth will check on captain Aaron Mokoena ahead of the trip.

The South Africa midfielder missed Tuesday night's 4-1 defeat at Crystal Palace with a leg injury but does not expect to be on the sidelines for too long.

Striker David Nugent suffered a leg knock during the first half at Selhurst Park but managed to get through the full 90 minutes and is expected to be fit.

Fellow forward Danny Webber remains on the sidelines but is set to return to action next month after recovering from a serious knee injury.

Webber ruptured his cruciate ligament during Pompey's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Tottenham in March.

Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles), Tom Kilbey (knee) and Billy Goddard (shin) are still out.

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Gary Speed
Danny Webber
Tom Kilbey
Darius Henderson
Hermann Hreidarsson
Kyle Bartley
Nyron Nosworthy
Aaron Mokoena
Ryan France
Lee Williamson
Sheffield United
David Nugent
Daniel Bogdanovic
Ched Evans
Chris Morgan
David Nugent
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