Football - Barnard boost for Latics

Oldham caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk expects to have Lee Barnard back in contention for the npower League One trip to Tranmere.

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Barnard missed last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United after sustaining a hamstring strain during Latics' FA Cup fifth-round replay at Everton but the on-loan Southampton forward returned to full training on Thursday.

Experienced defender Cliff Byrne remains sidelined due to an ankle problem and will have a pain-killing injection, with an eye on him being involved against Bournemouth on Saturday week.

Winger Cristian Montano returned for the reserves this week and is expected to do further work on building his fitness having been sidelined since suffering a torn thigh muscle against Scunthorpe on New Year's Day.

Montano's fellow wideman Youssouf M'Changama is out for the season due to medial knee ligament damage and is undergoing rehabilitation in his native France.

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