MORGAN Schneiderlin is set for a first team recall when Saints take on Oldham at St Mary’s tomorrow – but there is still doubt over whether talismanic striker Rickie Lambert will be fit.

The central midfield personnel will be changed for the third game out of four with Schneiderlin, pictured, expected to come in to replace Dean Hammond.

On pitch captain Hammond is serving a one game ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season during last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

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But Lambert remains a doubt after being forced off in the second half at the Galpharm, having suffered a head injury that left him unable to remember where he was and which required several stitches.

Hammond and Schneiderlin had been the regular pick in central midfield this season, having started every league game together in there until the victory over Tranmere at St Mary’s.

That was due to Schneiderlin’s call up to the France under- 21 squad.

His selection for their fixtures, which forced his absence for the Tranmere game, and the disciplinary tightrope Hammond was walking, prompted boss Nigel Adkins to bring in Richard Chaplow on loan from Preston.

Chaplow and Hammond started the Tranmere match and were given the nod again at Huddersfield last week, with Schneiderlin having to settle for a place on the bench on his return.

However, with Hammond now missing for tomorrow’s fixture, it looks likely that Schneiderlin and Chaplow will be paired together for the first time.

There is a further option open to Adkins should he wish with Paul Wotton fit again for selection.

Adkins’ other major selection dilemma is who to start in attack.

He opted to stick with Lambert and Guly do Prado for the Huddersfield game after the pair clicked together in the victory over Tranmere.

However, it didn’t really happen for either man and Adkins is still unsure whether he will consider Lambert for selection as he suffers the after effects of his injury.

Lee Barnard is the obvious choice to come in for either Guly or Lambert, having come off the bench to good effect twice following his relegation to substitute after off field problems and the hand injury sustained at the time.

Much will depend on Lambert’s fitness but Nicholas Bignall is also in the mix, with the Reading loanee having come off the bench to make his Saints debut at Huddersfield.