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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Torquay United and Southend at Plainmoor.

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Morris: Out suspended

Morris: Out suspended

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Torquay will be without the suspended Ian Morris for this match.

Morris was sent off after 79 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Oxford on Easter Monday for a second bookable offence and serves a one-match ban for the visit of the Shrimpers.

Ryan Jarvis is likely to come back into the team in Morris' absence, but the Gulls are sweating over the fitness of Rene Howe, who has not trained this week but is still expected to start.

Striker Howe has been carrying a knee injury of late but he has been working through the pain barrier. Taiwo Atieno, who netted a late equaliser against the U's last time out, is a ready replacement for Howe if he fails to make it.

Otherwise, Torquay manager Martin Ling has a fully-fit squad at his disposal as his side look to consolidate second place in the League Two table.

Meanwhile, Southend welcome back Sean Clohessy and Lee Hills for their long trip west to Devon but manager Paul Sturrock's injury problems remain.

Clohessy missed Easter Monday's 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon due to a one-match suspension while fellow full-back Hills was struggling with illness.

Skipper Chris Barker only made the bench against the Dons having been forced off on Good Friday due to a knock, although he was called upon to replace fellow defender Luke Prosser after he left the action late on due to injury.

Both will be assessed to determine their availability at Plainmoor, as will striker Freddy Eastwood as he continues to play through a knee complaint.

Elliot Benyon serves the second game of a three-match suspension and is unavailable, while fellow striker Jack Sampson has returned to Bolton after the Shrimpers opted not to extend his loan stay.

Forward Harry Crawford strengthened his claims for involvement by bagging four goals for United's reserves in midweek.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd
Luton v Northamptn
Newport v Accrington
Plymouth v Cheltenhm
Shrewsbury v Portsmth
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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