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Purse: Poised for first-team return

Purse: Poised for first-team return

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Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher could recall Darren Purse to face York this weekend despite the news that the centre-back is set to leave the club to make funds available for January acquisitions.

The former Cardiff man has missed the Pilgrims' last three matches after a red card against Fleetwood and Fletcher could re-introduce the 35-year-old to his starting XI with Durrell Berry suspended after his Johnstone's Paint Trophy red card.

Since his last appearance, a decision was made to allow Purse to leave Home Park to allow his manager to fund new signings but that will not alter whether Fletcher selects the experienced player.

"[He] is a professional and you don't keep playing at the age of 35 and play for loads of clubs if you have any kind of commitment issues," Fletcher told the club's official website.

"That's why he has played for so long at such a high level - he's got a drive and does things in the right way.

"We have got to make way to get people in and make sure there is money available. It's a case of making sure the books add up and make sure they're spot on because we don't want to end up in the situation we were in before."

Alex MacDonald has returned to Burnley after the end of his second loan spell in Devon.

York striker Alex Rodman will return to contention, but defender Lanre Oyebanjo has been ruled out.

Rodman was sidelined due to a knock as City clinched their first win in six league games at Rochdale last week, while Oyebanjo sustained a hamstring injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Scunthorpe in midweek.

Midfielder Michael Potts will retain his place after scoring twice in an accomplished display on his league debut at Rochdale.

"He certainly did enough to keep his place, no doubt about that," manager Gary Mills told Press Association Sport. "It was a great day for him last week. A few things have happened over the last few weeks and we decided to give him his head.

"Two goals and an overall performance that will have done him the world of good and he deserves a run in the side. He's done very well."

Mills has no other new injury or suspension worries, but midfielder John McReady (dislocated shoulder) has not recovered full-match fitness and striker Michael Coulson (knee) is out for the rest of the season.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Hartlepool  
Accrington v Luton Town  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cambridge Utd v Morecambe  
Carlisle v Southend  
Dag + Red v Mansfield  
Exeter v York City  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Shrewsbury  
Oxford Utd v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

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

Updated Wed, 20 Aug 2014

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