Macclesfield v Burton preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Macclesfield Town and Burton Albion at Moss Rose Ground.

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Donnelly: Back in action

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Macclesfield manager Brian Horton could be handed a triple fitness boost ahead of this crunch match.

Top scorer George Donnelly was ruled out of last weekend's defeat at Bradford but the striker is back in full training following a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Tony Diagne (groin) and full-back Carl Tremarco (knee) are also set to return for the Silkmen, who lie bottom of the table and three points adrift of safety having not won a game since New Year's Eve.

Goalkeeper Steve Collis will be unavailable for the final two matches of the campaign after his shoulder problem resurfaced.

Collis joins Paul Morgan, Dwayne Mattis (both ankle) and Elliott Hewitt are among the long-term absentees at the Moss Rose.

Meanwhile, Defenders Aaron Webster and Ryan Austin are major doubts for Burton.

Webster and Austin have both picked up knee injuries in training this week.

Caretaker manager Gary Rowett said: "It looks as though we are going to have to shuffle things around. Aaron twisted his knee after catching his toe in the ground and Ryan's knee swelled up after the session."

Webster's absence in particular could pose a problem for Rowett because understudy Danny Blanchett was given a torrid time on his last outing during the 7-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Patrick Ada could get a recall, while Rowett will be hoping Nathan Stanton (head) and Tony James (hip) recover from the injuries they sustained against Aldershot last weekend.

Midfielders Cleveland Taylor and Chris Palmer did their chances of a recall no harm by impressing for the reserves in midweek.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Hartlepool  
Accrington v Luton Town  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cambridge Utd v Morecambe  
Carlisle v Southend  
Dag + Red v Mansfield  
Exeter v York City  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Shrewsbury  
Oxford Utd v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

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

Updated Wed, 20 Aug 2014

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