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Burton have problems in the centre of defence.

Captain Zander Diamond begins a four-match suspension after the club decided not to appeal against his red card at AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

Ian Sharps, on loan from Rotherham, is ineligible against his parent club and Nathan Stanton is battling to overcome a knee injury.

Manager Gary Rowett has not ruled out making an emergency loan signing but will hope that left-back Damien McCrory can return from an ankle problem. That would allow Aaron Webster to move across to centre-half - if Webster recovers from a calf injury he sustained in training on Tuesday.

Billy Kee also suffered an ankle injury in training this week and is a doubt.

Fellow striker Calvin Zola missed the draw against the Dons and will be assessed while on-loan forward Alex MacDonald was forced off at Kingsmeadow with a dead leg and looks set to miss out.

Claude Davis and Lee Frecklington will return to the Rotherham squad.

Veteran defender Davis has served a one-match ban following his calamitous Millers debut where he received a red card and gave away a penalty in a 3-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Midfielder Frecklington also missed last week's 3-1 win over Northampton with an ankle injury, but he is fit again and will return to Steve Evans' squad.

David Noble (ankle) and Michael O'Connor (groin) both picked up knocks during that success over the Cobblers but have trained all week and should be okay.

That leaves Craig Morgan (foot) and Scott Shearer (elbow) as the only occupants of the treatment room, but they are close to fitness.

Ian Sharps, who is at the Brewers on loan until the end of the season, is unable to play for the hosts.

The Millers will go above Burton in the table with a win, which would be their sixth successive league away victory.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Burton Alb  
Cambridge Utd v Luton Town  
Cheltenham v Dag + Red  
Mansfield v Carlisle  
Northamptn v Accrington  
Oxford Utd v Stevenage  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Portsmouth v Wycombe  
Shrewsbury v Newport  

Sky Bet League 2

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

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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