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Team news ahead of Tuesday's League Two clash between Bradford and Plymouth at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Last Updated: 19/11/12 at 17:28   

Hines: Late fitness test

Hines: Late fitness test

Bradford trio Zavon Hines, Stephen Darby and James Meredith are all in a race to be fit.

Winger Hines (ankle) and defenders Darby (hip) and Meredith (groin) all missed the weekend home defeat to Exeter and remain doubtful, but manager Phil Parkinson is hoping at least one will make it.

New loan signing Tom Naylor, who arrived from Derby last week in time to make his debut at the weekend, could continue in the back four alongside another loanee, Sunderland defender John Egan, who made his third start for the club against Exeter.

Winger Garry Thompson, striker Alan Connell and midfielder Ricky Ravenhill are all pushing for recalls, while winger Kyel Reid is still out with a long-term groin injury.

Luke Oliver (Achilles) has been ruled out for the rest of the season, while fellow central defender Andrew Davies (knee) will be sidelined until the spring.

Plymouth Argyle will be without captain Darren Purse after he was sent off in the 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood on Saturday.

The 35-year-old received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident with Fleetwood's Jamie McGuire and will miss the next three games.

Maxime Blanchard is expected to return at the heart of the Pilgrims' defence having previously deputised for Purse when the former Cardiff man was out with a toe injury.

Meanwhile, experienced midfielder Paul Wotton has stepped up his recovery from a back operation and is targeting a return to action during the busy Christmas period having not featured since mid-September.

Carl Fletcher's Argyle have not won since October 20, a run which has seen them slip to 19th in League Two.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool Live
Portsmouth v Bristol R
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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