Crewe v Tranmere preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crewe and Tranmere at Alexandra Stadium.

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West: Major doubt for Alex

West: Major doubt for Alex

Crewe could be without summer signing Michael West for the visit of leaders Tranmere.

The former Ebbsfleet forward, who only returned to the substitutes bench against Coventry last weekend after an Achilles problem, picked up an ankle knock playing for the club's Under-21 side in midweek and is rated as a major doubt.

Matt Tootle also ran out for the U21's and should feature in Steve Davis' plans as he came through his attempts to rehabilitate a hip and groin injury unscathed.

Top scorer Mathias Pogba is unavailable with the knee injury which kept him out of the 1-0 win against Coventry.

Goalkeeper Steve Phillips remains absent after knee surgery but the club are hopeful he can return to training next week.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore will welcome back James Wallace and Andy Robinson.

The pair missed the midweek loss to Port Vale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with dead legs but will start against Alex.

Moore, who made four changes for Tuesday's defeat, told the club's official website: "They're both fit and will start on Saturday. They're two big, big players for this football club."

However, Moore will be unable to call on Ash Taylor, Ian Goodison and Paul Black, who are ruled out through injury.

Moore added: "Ash is probably going miss Saturday but should be OK for the Coventry game.

"Goody [Goodison] is still probably two weeks off and Blacky [Black] the same. It will be nice when we've got a full squad to select from."

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Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
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1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

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