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David Connolly: Hoping to shake off thigh injury

David Connolly: Hoping to shake off thigh injury

Portsmouth will check on David Connolly ahead of the Shakers' visit.

The veteran striker hopes to be fit despite coming off with a thigh knock at Crewe last weekend.

Guy Whittingham's squad has been depleted again after on-loan midfielder Adam Reed went back to Sunderland and forward James Keene returned to Swedish parent club Elfsborg.

Striker Patrick Agyemang is due back at Stevenage but Pompey are hoping to extend his loan spell.

Agyemang scored his first goal for the club against Alex as Whittingham's side secured a 2-1 win - their first victory in 24 matches.

Academy winger Jack Maloney has been added to the squad but defender Sam Sodje misses out again as he completes a three-match ban.

Bury begin a critical week in their quest for league survival without the services of Tom Soares and Stephane Zubar.

Soares suffered a hamstring injury during last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Crawley and bleeding from the muscle left the midfielder with a haematoma that means around a six-week absence.

Zubar's loan spell from Bournemouth has come to an end after a visit to a specialist this week confirmed cruciate knee ligament damage for the defender and a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The injuries could bring non-contract signings Euan Holden and Valery Mezague into contention, although the latter is completing rehabilitation from a hamstring injury of his own, and on-loan Peterborough striker Johnson Clarke-Harris may earn a place in the squad after scoring for the Shakers' reserves in midweek.

Defenders Phil Picken (knee) and Adam Lockwood (groin) remain on the sidelines along with midfielder Shane Byrne (blood disorder).

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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