Chris could be back

By Derek DavisChief Football WriterCHRIS Bart-Williams could be in line for a recall as Ipswich look to book a play-off place at Sheffield United on Friday.

By Derek Davis

Chief Football Writer

CHRIS Bart-Williams could be in line for a recall as Ipswich look to book a play-off place at Sheffield United on Friday.

The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder has been struggling with a back injury for the past three months but has come through reserve games of late.


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Both his last two first-team starts ended in 3-1 defeats, at home to Wigan and Millwall. But with Tommy Miller still a major doubt for the trip to Bramall Lane with a tight hamstring, Blues boss Joe Royle may gamble on Bart-Williams.

Skipper Jim Magilton limped off with a thigh injury caused by the studs of Andy Reid, but the Ulsterman is expected to be fit for the Blades encounter. Georges Santos, an ex-Sheffield United defender, is also in frame to play against his old club and both were left out of the reserve squad to travel to Leicester City tonight.

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Alun Armstrong is the only first-team squad member involved while Lewis Price, Aidan Collins and Owen Garvan are all away on international duty.

A Town win in Friday's televised clash would mean United could not finish above Town and would severely dent their play-off challenge with just one game to go.

Blades boss Neil Warnock is convinced his players have the bottle to book their place in the play-offs.

With just two games left to force themselves back into the top six, he is urging them to silence the critics by launching a renewed assault on the Premiership.

Warnock said: "This will do wonders for our confidence. You could see it in four or five of our lads' eyes that they were back to what they were like a couple of months ago."

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