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

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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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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Barnsley v Notts Co
Bristol C v Bradford
Colchester v Chesterfld
Crawley v Walsall
Crewe v Peterboro
Doncaster v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Preston
MK Dons v Fleetwood
Oldham v Coventry
Port Vale v Scunthrpe

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 13 15 31
2 Peterboro 13 9 26
3 Swindon 11 11 22
4 Preston 11 11 22
5 MK Dons 11 11 20
6 Notts Co 12 7 20
7 Sheff Utd 12 1 20
8 Chesterfld 12 4 19
9 Fleetwood 13 3 19
10 Oldham 13 2 19
11 Bradford 13 0 18
12 Rochdale 12 7 17
13 Barnsley 12 -1 15
14 Doncaster 11 -6 14
15 Crawley 13 -11 14
16 Colchester 13 -2 13
17 Coventry 13 -5 13
18 Gillingham 13 -6 13
19 Yeovil 13 -9 13
20 Leyton Or 12 -2 12
21 Walsall 13 -3 12
22 Port Vale 13 -6 12
23 Scunthrpe 13 -11 11
24 Crewe 13 -19 10

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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