Accrington v Shrewsbury preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Accrington Stanley and Shrewsbury Town at the Crown Ground.

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Accrington's injury problems show no sign of abating ahead of this fixture.

Veteran midfielder Bryan Hughes made his first start for almost two months in last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Cheltenham having been sidelined with a hamstring problem.

The appearance came on the back of a 20-minute cameo from the bench in Easter Monday's win over Hereford and Hughes is set to feature once more.

There is less encouraging news in defence, with skipper Dean Winnard out for the rest of the campaign following ankle surgery, while Danny Coid (knee), Sean Hessey (hamstring) and Rob Kiernan (ankle) remain sidelined.

As a result, 18-year-old Liam Willis is set to continue at centre-back after making his full debut against the Robins.

Irish forward Padraig Amond is poised to return to the starting line-up as Bobby Grant has returned to Scunthorpe following a one-month loan spell at the Crown Ground.

Meanwhile, Graham Turner is expected to name an unchanged line-up as Shrewsbury aim to sew up automatic promotion.

Turner kept faith with the same XI for a fourth time in midweek and watched his side see off Port Vale to secure a fourth consecutive victory, coming after wins over Macclesfield, Bradford and Rotherham.

Three further points at the Crown Ground, combined with defeat for either fellow promotion chasers Crawley or Torquay, would see Shrews clinch a return to third-tier football for the first time since 1997.

Turner has a fully-fit squad for the encounter, with Joe Jacobson making his first return to Stanley since switching clubs last summer and Town coming up against a former midfielder of their own in Kevin McIntyre.

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