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Bury boss Kevin Blackwell has no new injury worries.

The Shakers' midweek meeting with Scunthorpe was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Gigg Lane and Blackwell is set to select from the same squad.

He has options available to refresh an attack that has drawn blanks in their last two outings - Andy Bishop, Nicky Ajose and David Healy could all come in contention to start, while on-loan Peterborough youngster Jonson Clarke-Harris is gunning for a place in the matchday squad once again.

Midfielder Tom Soares (hamstring) will struggle to feature before the end of the season, while defenders Phil Picken (knee) and Adam Lockwood (groin) and midfielder Shane Byrne (blood infection) must wait until next term.

Colchester are again likely to be without Tom Eastman and Freddie Sears.

Defender Eastman missed Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Coventry with the knock sustained early on in last weekend's defeat to Crewe, while striker Sears sat out of his third match in succession with a troubling knee problem.

Both are set to be absent once more at Gigg Lane while striker Jabo Ibehre also serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

Left-back Bradley Garmston shrugged off a knee complaint to start at the Ricoh Arena and should again be involved.

Manager Joe Dunne admits he may have to look at rotating one or two for what he expects will be a "toe-to-toe street fight" against Bury, with some of his side running on empty as they bid to secure League One survival.

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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Barnsley v Notts Co
Bristol C v Bradford
Colchester v Chesterfld
Crawley v Walsall
Crewe v Peterboro
Doncaster v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Preston
MK Dons v Fleetwood
Oldham v Coventry
Port Vale v Scunthrpe

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 13 15 31
2 Peterboro 13 9 26
3 Swindon 11 11 22
4 Preston 11 11 22
5 MK Dons 11 11 20
6 Notts Co 12 7 20
7 Sheff Utd 12 1 20
8 Chesterfld 12 4 19
9 Fleetwood 13 3 19
10 Oldham 13 2 19
11 Bradford 13 0 18
12 Rochdale 12 7 17
13 Barnsley 12 -1 15
14 Doncaster 11 -6 14
15 Crawley 13 -11 14
16 Colchester 13 -2 13
17 Coventry 13 -5 13
18 Gillingham 13 -6 13
19 Yeovil 13 -9 13
20 Leyton Or 12 -2 12
21 Walsall 13 -3 12
22 Port Vale 13 -6 12
23 Scunthrpe 13 -11 11
24 Crewe 13 -19 10

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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