Cheltenham v Shrewsbury preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Cheltenham and Shrewsbury at Whaddon Road.

Last Updated: 29/04/11 at 13:02

Elliott: Should be fit for Cheltenham

Elliott: Should be fit for Cheltenham

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Mark Yates hopes to name an unchanged Cheltenham XI.

The Robins boss does have a couple of players, including defender Steve Elliott (Achilles), carrying knocks from Monday's 2-0 victory at Lincoln - Town's first win in seven - but they should be okay to feature at Whaddon Road.

The only other concern could be leading scorer Wes Thomas, who may have to withdraw from Yates' plans with his pregnant partner due to give birth.

Yates told the club's official website: "There is every chance of us playing the same team as Monday but we do have one or two bumps and bruises, as well as Wes Thomas' girlfriend being due any day now so we do have one or two contingency plans.

"You never want to change a winning team and especially when you haven't been winning many games of late so if everybody is fit then it will be somewhere near that."

Striker Jeff Goulding and right-back Keith Lowe continue to be sidelined with their respective ankle injuries.

Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner is not expected to have any new injury or suspension problems.

Following back-to-back victories, Turner kept faith with the same starting XI for the third successive match on Easter Monday as Shrews were frustratingly held to a goalless draw at home to Accrington.

He must now decide whether to stick or twist with his line-up as fourth-placed Shrews go in search of three points they hope will see them overtake Wycombe and climb into the final automatic promotion place ahead of the last weekend of the season.

Midfielder and leading scorer Mark Wright made an impact on Monday when introduced from the bench at half-time in place of Lionel Ainsworth and he will be pushing for a recall, along with striker Matt Harrold.

Only defeat for Town and a Wycombe victory away to second-placed Bury would extinguish the Shropshire club's hopes of automatic promotion.

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