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Stephane Zubar: Back at Bournemouth for injury treatment

Stephane Zubar: Back at Bournemouth for injury treatment

Bury will once again be without Stephane Zubar amid fears the on-loan centre-back could be out for the season.

Zubar has returned to parent club Bournemouth for treatment on a knee injury he sustained during last week's 4-1 loss at Notts County and Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell believes the prognosis is not good.

"If we get him back at any point this season, it will be a bonus," he said. "We don't know the full extent of the injury yet and probably won't until next week, but we think he is out for the season."

Blackwell could opt to recall Efe Sodje or Mark Hughes from their respective loan spells at Barrow and Accrington in the coming weeks but offered praise for Ashley Eastham and Ethan Ebanks-Landell, both of whom recovered from a torrid time at Meadow Lane to star at the heart of defence in Tuesday's shock 1-0 win over Swindon.

"The two young centre-backs were awesome," he told the Bury Times. "For the mistakes they made at Notts County, they thoroughly redeemed themselves."

Long-term absentees Phil Picken (knee), Adam Lockwood (knee) and Shane Byrne (blood disorder) remain sidelined.

Crawley will be without Mark Connolly when they head to manager Richie Barker's former club Bury.

Defender Connolly serves a one-match ban after he was sent off in the first minute of Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat by Brentford.

Connor Essam, the January signing from Gillingham, came on at centre-half to replace Connolly for his debut and is now in line for his first start.

The Red Devils have received some positive injury news with winger Sergio Torres due to return after a rib injury ruled him out in midweek.

And top scorer Billy Clarke will be available despite being withdrawn at half-time as a precaution after feeling his hamstring.

Defender Kyle McFadzean is back in training after a virus but will not be risked yet.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
Port Vale v Sheff Utd  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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