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Team news for Sunday's League Two play-off final clash between Cheltenham Town and Crewe Alexandra at Wembley Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

Last Updated: 26/05/12 at 16:31   

Garbutt: Set for return to squad

Garbutt: Set for return to squad

Luke Garbutt will make a timely return to Cheltenham's starting line-up as they set their sights on a win to earn promotion from League Two.

The on-loan Everton left-back missed both legs of the Robins' semi-final meetings with Torquay due to a muscle strain, but has declared himself fit for Sunday's promotion decider.

He said: "I've been out for two weeks and I was back in training (on Monday).

"It was my first training session and I'm back fit for the play-off final now."

Keith Lowe deputised for Garbutt for both games against the Gulls, Mark Yates' men triumphing 4-1 on aggregate, but the 26-year-old may have to be content with a place on the bench at the national stadium.

With Garbutt back in action, Yates has a full squad at his disposal as he muses over which combination of 11 men will best match the Railwaymen to seal a return to League One after a three-year absence.

Meanwhile, Crewe expect to have captain David Artell and midfielder Luke Murphy available for this League Two promotion decider.

Artell was a surprise inclusion at centre-back for the second-leg of the semi-final triumph over Southend, having suffered a broken metatarsal in training ahead of the first game at Gresty Road.

The 31-year-old received encouraging news when an x-ray after the game showed the bone had not moved and he will be able to lead his side out at Wembley if that prognosis remains unchanged.

Murphy missed the 2-2 draw at Roots Hall after suffering a grade two tear to his groin in the decisive first-leg victory.

If he is passed fit, Murphy must oust Lee Bell from central midfield after the former Macclesfield man impressed against the Shrimpers.

Should Crewe manage to secure promotion after three years in the fourth tier they will have extended a club-record unbeaten run to 19 matches.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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