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Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee is sweating over the fitness of Derek Riordan.

The striker missed last weekend's draw at Burton with a hamstring problem and is rated 50/50 to feature at the Memorial Stadium. Riordan only made his debut for the Pirates a fortnight ago after five months on the sidelines delayed his Rovers bow.

McGhee hinted he may be tempted to leave Riordan for Tuesday's clash with AFC Wimbledon to prevent any possible setbacks.

"We need Derek back as quickly as we can, but we're not going to do it at the expense of losing him for six weeks or something like that," he told the Bristol Post.

"If he doesn't train, we might leave him off Saturday and look towards the Tuesday game (at AFC Wimbledon)."

Meanwhile goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has extended his loan deal from Fulham for a further two months and is set to continue in goal. Skipper Matt Gill (knee) remains sidelined for up to five weeks.

Torquay boss Martin Ling will be without winger Lloyd Macklin.

Macklin has been ruled out until 2013 after cracking a metatarsal bone in his left foot during last weekend's win over Accrington.

The 21-year-old was transfer-listed by Ling in the summer before fighting his way back into his plans but his season has already been disrupted by sickness and hamstring problems before the mishap.

Macklin is now expected to be out for up to three months while Ian Morris may be considerably longer.

Morris ruptured an Achilles tendon in training last month and could yet miss the rest of the season.

Ling has no other injury or suspension worries ahead of the game as they aim to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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