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  • James Dunne and Donal McDermott pressing for Swindon starts at Forest GreenForest Green have a near-fully fit squad for Friday night's Sky Bet League Two visit of Swindon.Rovers boss Mark Cooper only has doubts over defender Manny Monthe, who is struggling with a thigh strain.Cooper's side have won just one league game all season and sit 22nd with five points from their opening eight games.They could stick with the same starting line-up which earned a point against bottom side Port Vale last time out.Swindon sit eighth in the table and travel to the New Lawn on the back of their first home win of the season.Defender Dion Conroy was forced off in the first-half of the 3-2 win over Stevenage and is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.James Dunne returned to the midfield for the game and is likely to retain his place following a bout of illness.Donal McDermott is also back in contention for David Flitcroft's side having served a thr..

    Forest Green V Swindon at The New Lawn : Match Preview

    James Dunne and Donal McDermott pressing for Swindon starts at Forest GreenForest Green have a near-fully fit squad for Friday night's Sky Bet League Two visit of Swindon.Rovers boss Mark Cooper only has doubts over defender Manny Monthe, who is struggling with a thigh strain.Cooper's side have won just one league game all season and sit 22nd with five points from their opening eight games.They could stick with the same starting line-up which earned a point against bottom side Port Vale last time out.Swindon sit eighth in the table and travel to the New Lawn on the back of their first home win of the season.Defender Dion Conroy was forced off in the first-half of the 3-2 win over Stevenage and is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.James Dunne returned to the midfield for the game and is likely to retain his place following a bout of illness.Donal McDermott is also back in contention for David Flitcroft's side having served a thr..
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  • Trio in contention to return as Leeds take on IpswichLeeds trio Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Matthew Pennington are all expected to return to contention for the home game against Ipswich.Skipper Cooper (back) has been sidelined for two games, Jansson missed the midweek Carabao Cup win at Burnley with a hamstring strain and fellow defender Pennington (ankle) has been out since the opening-day win at Bolton.Head coach Thomas Christiansen made wholesale changes at Turf Moor so the likes of goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, midfielders Eunan O'Kane and Samuel Saiz, plus striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga should all return to the starting XI.Forward Caleb Ekuban, recovering from foot surgery, is the only absentee as Leeds bid to stay top of the table.Ipswich will be without midfielder Flynn Downes because of a thigh problem.Danish defender Jonas Knudsen should be available again having missed last weekend's win over Bolton.Midfielder Luke Hyam has been carrying a troublesome knee pr..

    Leeds V Ipswich at Elland Road : Match Preview

    Trio in contention to return as Leeds take on IpswichLeeds trio Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Matthew Pennington are all expected to return to contention for the home game against Ipswich.Skipper Cooper (back) has been sidelined for two games, Jansson missed the midweek Carabao Cup win at Burnley with a hamstring strain and fellow defender Pennington (ankle) has been out since the opening-day win at Bolton.Head coach Thomas Christiansen made wholesale changes at Turf Moor so the likes of goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, midfielders Eunan O'Kane and Samuel Saiz, plus striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga should all return to the starting XI.Forward Caleb Ekuban, recovering from foot surgery, is the only absentee as Leeds bid to stay top of the table.Ipswich will be without midfielder Flynn Downes because of a thigh problem.Danish defender Jonas Knudsen should be available again having missed last weekend's win over Bolton.Midfielder Luke Hyam has been carrying a troublesome knee pr..
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  • On-loan midfielder Conor Grant back in contention for CreweCrewe have on-loan midfielder Conor Grant back in contention for the visit of Carlisle.The Everton youngster has missed the last three matches since suffering concussion on his Alex debut against Grimsby but he played for the under-23 team this week without suffering any ill effects.Right-back Perry Ng could also return to the reckoning after an ankle injury ruled him out of the defeat at Exeter.Midfielder James Jones (hip) will not be fit until next month while defender George Ray (back) remains a long-term absentee for Crewe, who will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record in League Two this season.Carlisle boss Keith Curle could make changes as he looks to find a first league win in more than a month.The Cumbrians last celebrated three points on August 19 and have yet to settle on a formula since.Samir Nabi will be hoping he gets a chance to help turn the tide after scoring for the reserves in midweek, with..

    Crewe V Carlisle at The Alexandra Stadium : Match Preview

    On-loan midfielder Conor Grant back in contention for CreweCrewe have on-loan midfielder Conor Grant back in contention for the visit of Carlisle.The Everton youngster has missed the last three matches since suffering concussion on his Alex debut against Grimsby but he played for the under-23 team this week without suffering any ill effects.Right-back Perry Ng could also return to the reckoning after an ankle injury ruled him out of the defeat at Exeter.Midfielder James Jones (hip) will not be fit until next month while defender George Ray (back) remains a long-term absentee for Crewe, who will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record in League Two this season.Carlisle boss Keith Curle could make changes as he looks to find a first league win in more than a month.The Cumbrians last celebrated three points on August 19 and have yet to settle on a formula since.Samir Nabi will be hoping he gets a chance to help turn the tide after scoring for the reserves in midweek, with..
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  • Joe Mattock and David Ball missing as Rotherham face OldhamRotherham will be without Joe Mattock and David Ball for the visit of Oldham.Mattock is serving a one-match ban after his red card at Bradford last week, a match Ball missed through the illness which continues to lay him low.Right-backs Josh Emmanuel (toe) and Shaun Cummings (hamstring) are closing in on returns but are not fit enough to feature.The Millers will hope that top scorer Kieffer Moore shows no reaction after he overcame a groin injury to play 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Valley Parade.Oldham will be without forward Eoin Doyle for the trip through suspension.Doyle must serve a one-match ban after being sent off for a second bookable offence in the last minute of last week's loss to Shrewsbury.Defender Rob Hunt (hamstring) is still sidelined and new signing Abdelhakim Omrani is likely to have to wait longer for his debut due to a knee injury.Midfielder Courtney Duffus has been out in recent weeks with ..

    Rotherham V Oldham at AESSEAL New York Stadium : Match Preview

    Joe Mattock and David Ball missing as Rotherham face OldhamRotherham will be without Joe Mattock and David Ball for the visit of Oldham.Mattock is serving a one-match ban after his red card at Bradford last week, a match Ball missed through the illness which continues to lay him low.Right-backs Josh Emmanuel (toe) and Shaun Cummings (hamstring) are closing in on returns but are not fit enough to feature.The Millers will hope that top scorer Kieffer Moore shows no reaction after he overcame a groin injury to play 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Valley Parade.Oldham will be without forward Eoin Doyle for the trip through suspension.Doyle must serve a one-match ban after being sent off for a second bookable offence in the last minute of last week's loss to Shrewsbury.Defender Rob Hunt (hamstring) is still sidelined and new signing Abdelhakim Omrani is likely to have to wait longer for his debut due to a knee injury.Midfielder Courtney Duffus has been out in recent weeks with ..
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  • Kyle Dempsey suspended for Fleetwood's game with SouthendFleetwood are without midfielder Kyle Dempsey through suspension for the Sky Bet League One visit of Southend.Dempsey serves a one-match ban after being sent off for two bookable offences in last weekend's 4-1 loss at Portsmouth.Striker Conor McAleny could get more game time as he is eased back into action after more than a month out with an ankle injury.McAleny, who scored twice against Rotherham on the opening day of the season, played 45 minutes at Fratton Park.Southend will have forward Nile Ranger available to make the trip north following the end of his 7pm curfew which was set as part of the conditions for release from prison after pleading guilty to online banking fraud.Former Gillingham midfielder Josh Wright could be in line for his Shrimpers' debut having signed on as a free agent.Anthony Wordsworth made his return from a hamstring injury to score in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Northampton, ..

    Fleetwood Town V Southend at Highbury Stadium : Match Preview

    Kyle Dempsey suspended for Fleetwood's game with SouthendFleetwood are without midfielder Kyle Dempsey through suspension for the Sky Bet League One visit of Southend.Dempsey serves a one-match ban after being sent off for two bookable offences in last weekend's 4-1 loss at Portsmouth.Striker Conor McAleny could get more game time as he is eased back into action after more than a month out with an ankle injury.McAleny, who scored twice against Rotherham on the opening day of the season, played 45 minutes at Fratton Park.Southend will have forward Nile Ranger available to make the trip north following the end of his 7pm curfew which was set as part of the conditions for release from prison after pleading guilty to online banking fraud.Former Gillingham midfielder Josh Wright could be in line for his Shrimpers' debut having signed on as a free agent.Anthony Wordsworth made his return from a hamstring injury to score in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Northampton, ..
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  • Shrewsbury sweating on Stefan Payne fitness ahead of visit of BlackburnSurprise Sky Bet League One leaders Shrewsbury could have striker Stefan Payne fit after a facial injury. He was injured scoring in last week's 2-1 win at Oldham and forced off but may return.James Bolton is almost fit after a knee problem while Junior Brown is available after shaking off a knock to play at Oldham last week.Midfielder Bryn Morris (knee) is closing in on a return to training after not featuring since the opening day victory over Northampton. Blackburn are again checking on winger Craig Conway, who was forced off against Wimbledon last weekend just 33 minutes into his comeback from a hip injury.Conway had come back into the team for West Brom loanee Rekeem Harper, who also had a hip issue and could be out again.Their potential absences could offer an opportunity for summer signing Bradley Dack to stake his claim for a starting spot.Defensive trio Scott Wharton and Ryan Nyambe (both ankle)..

    Shrewsbury V Blackburn at Greenhous Meadow Stadium : Match Preview

    Shrewsbury sweating on Stefan Payne fitness ahead of visit of BlackburnSurprise Sky Bet League One leaders Shrewsbury could have striker Stefan Payne fit after a facial injury. He was injured scoring in last week's 2-1 win at Oldham and forced off but may return.James Bolton is almost fit after a knee problem while Junior Brown is available after shaking off a knock to play at Oldham last week.Midfielder Bryn Morris (knee) is closing in on a return to training after not featuring since the opening day victory over Northampton. Blackburn are again checking on winger Craig Conway, who was forced off against Wimbledon last weekend just 33 minutes into his comeback from a hip injury.Conway had come back into the team for West Brom loanee Rekeem Harper, who also had a hip issue and could be out again.Their potential absences could offer an opportunity for summer signing Bradley Dack to stake his claim for a starting spot.Defensive trio Scott Wharton and Ryan Nyambe (both ankle)..
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  • Notts County defender Shaun Brisley to miss Lincoln clashShaun Brisley is a fresh injury absentee for Notts County ahead of their home game against Lincoln.Brisley limped off during the 1-0 win over Crawley and is set to be out for around two weeks but Magpies manager Kevin Nolan, who this week agreed a new three-year contract, has options to replace the defender.Elliott Hewitt came on for Brisley at Broadfield Stadium while Haydn Hollis is another who could deputise.Winger Terry Hawkridge is set to be fit to face his former club after he was left on the bench against Crawley due to illness while Shola Ameobi's hamstring injury is not a serious one and the striker, who has missed two matches, should not be out much longer.Lincoln boss Danny Cowley must decide whether now is the right time to recall captain Luke Waterfall.The defender has been unable to get in the team recently but he has been training well, according to Cowley, and last weekend's home defeat to Mansfiel..

    Notts County V Lincoln City at Meadow Lane : Match Preview

    Notts County defender Shaun Brisley to miss Lincoln clashShaun Brisley is a fresh injury absentee for Notts County ahead of their home game against Lincoln.Brisley limped off during the 1-0 win over Crawley and is set to be out for around two weeks but Magpies manager Kevin Nolan, who this week agreed a new three-year contract, has options to replace the defender.Elliott Hewitt came on for Brisley at Broadfield Stadium while Haydn Hollis is another who could deputise.Winger Terry Hawkridge is set to be fit to face his former club after he was left on the bench against Crawley due to illness while Shola Ameobi's hamstring injury is not a serious one and the striker, who has missed two matches, should not be out much longer.Lincoln boss Danny Cowley must decide whether now is the right time to recall captain Luke Waterfall.The defender has been unable to get in the team recently but he has been training well, according to Cowley, and last weekend's home defeat to Mansfiel..
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  • Jack Grealish back in training as Aston Villa prepare to host Nottingham ForestAston Villa's Jack Grealish has returned to light training but is still weeks away from a first-team return.The midfielder suffered kidney damage following a freak collision during Villa's pre-season friendly against Watford in July.Henri Lansbury will be assessed ahead of the visit of former club Nottingham Forest after the 26-year-old was forced off in Tuesday's 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Middlesbrough with a knee injury.Striker Scott Hogan (ankle) is also a doubt but Gabby Agbonlahor could be back after missing the last three matches with a groin problem.Liam Bridcutt will be one of several players to return to the Forest team when the Reds resume their Championship campaign on Saturday evening.The midfielder was cup-tied for the Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea, where manager Mark Warburton made eight changes to his starting line-up.The likes of Armand Traore, Matt Mills, Tendayi Darikwa a..

    Aston Villa V Nottm Forest at Villa Park : Match Preview

    Jack Grealish back in training as Aston Villa prepare to host Nottingham ForestAston Villa's Jack Grealish has returned to light training but is still weeks away from a first-team return.The midfielder suffered kidney damage following a freak collision during Villa's pre-season friendly against Watford in July.Henri Lansbury will be assessed ahead of the visit of former club Nottingham Forest after the 26-year-old was forced off in Tuesday's 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Middlesbrough with a knee injury.Striker Scott Hogan (ankle) is also a doubt but Gabby Agbonlahor could be back after missing the last three matches with a groin problem.Liam Bridcutt will be one of several players to return to the Forest team when the Reds resume their Championship campaign on Saturday evening.The midfielder was cup-tied for the Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea, where manager Mark Warburton made eight changes to his starting line-up.The likes of Armand Traore, Matt Mills, Tendayi Darikwa a..
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  • Yeovil to give Olufela Olomola a late fitness test ahead of Port Vale clashYeovil will continue to assess striker Olufela Olomola ahead of the visit of managerless Port Vale.The 20-year-old on-loan Southampton forward has missed the Glovers' last two matches with a leg problem, but could be back in contention.Tom James was pushed into a more advanced role for last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Grimsby, with Bevis Mugabi having returned to the defence as midfielder Otis Khan started on the bench.Jordan Green and fellow midfielder Rhys Browne are both pressing for a recall, along with Connor Smith.Interim bosses David Kelly and Chris Morgan will be picking the Vale side following the departure of manager Michael Brown last weekend.The Valiants are bottom of Sky Bet League Two and have not won since the opening day of the season.Sam Hornby will continue in goal with Rob Lainton sidelined with an ankle injury.Winger Cristian Montano (hamstring) is also still out of action. Sour..

    Yeovil V Port Vale at Huish Park : Match Preview

    Yeovil to give Olufela Olomola a late fitness test ahead of Port Vale clashYeovil will continue to assess striker Olufela Olomola ahead of the visit of managerless Port Vale.The 20-year-old on-loan Southampton forward has missed the Glovers' last two matches with a leg problem, but could be back in contention.Tom James was pushed into a more advanced role for last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Grimsby, with Bevis Mugabi having returned to the defence as midfielder Otis Khan started on the bench.Jordan Green and fellow midfielder Rhys Browne are both pressing for a recall, along with Connor Smith.Interim bosses David Kelly and Chris Morgan will be picking the Vale side following the departure of manager Michael Brown last weekend.The Valiants are bottom of Sky Bet League Two and have not won since the opening day of the season.Sam Hornby will continue in goal with Rob Lainton sidelined with an ankle injury.Winger Cristian Montano (hamstring) is also still out of action. Sour..
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  • Norwich set to be without Nelson Oliveira again for Robins visitNorwich are expected to again be without forward Nelson Oliveira, who is recovering from a groin problem, for the visit of Bristol City.Mario Vrancic scored twice in the midweek 3-1 Carabao Cup win at Brentford, so could retain his place in midfield.Defender Grant Hanley is available again having been cup-tied, while Marley Watkins is pressing for a start in attack.Captain Russell Martin has been rested after featuring for the under-23s, while midfielder Alex Pritchard is stepping up his recovery from ankle surgery. Matt Jarvis (ankle), Jamal Lewis (knee) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) also continue their rehabilitation.Bristol City could shuffle their pack again after making nine changes for Tuesday's Carabao Cup victory over Premier League Stoke.On-loan duo Cauley Woodrow and Jonathan Leko are expected to come back into contention having been ineligible for the cup tie.Defender Eros Pisano is stepping up his r..

    Norwich V Bristol City at Carrow Road : Match Preview

    Norwich set to be without Nelson Oliveira again for Robins visitNorwich are expected to again be without forward Nelson Oliveira, who is recovering from a groin problem, for the visit of Bristol City.Mario Vrancic scored twice in the midweek 3-1 Carabao Cup win at Brentford, so could retain his place in midfield.Defender Grant Hanley is available again having been cup-tied, while Marley Watkins is pressing for a start in attack.Captain Russell Martin has been rested after featuring for the under-23s, while midfielder Alex Pritchard is stepping up his recovery from ankle surgery. Matt Jarvis (ankle), Jamal Lewis (knee) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) also continue their rehabilitation.Bristol City could shuffle their pack again after making nine changes for Tuesday's Carabao Cup victory over Premier League Stoke.On-loan duo Cauley Woodrow and Jonathan Leko are expected to come back into contention having been ineligible for the cup tie.Defender Eros Pisano is stepping up his r..
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