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Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro: Still suspended

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro: Still suspended

Rovers continue to be without the suspended Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro as the striker serves the second game of a three-match ban following his red card in the 1-0 defeat to Carlisle.

Captain James Wallace remains sidelined due to the medial knee ligament injury.

However, manager Ronnie Moore has been given a boost with the news that forward Adam McGurk and midfielder Andy Robinson are expected to be fit after knocks.

Moore, whose side have surrendered top spot in League One after back-to-back defeats, told Tranmere Player: "Andy and Adam are both sore.

"They'll train this morning (Thursday) so we'll see how they are. I imagine they'll both be ready for the game.

"We're just waiting on James. He's going to see another specialist on Monday and hopefully he'll get the all clear from that.

"He is close to 12 weeks now and you miss somebody like that. We're not using it as an excuse because we've won a lot of games without him.

"If we don't go up or get involved in the play-offs it won't be because we've been without James Wallace, but he is a big miss."

Jon Taylor is a major doubt for the Shrews' televised trip to the Wirral, but Marvin Morgan hopes to be fit.

Winger Taylor, who has been in inspired form over the last two months, was forced off at half-time in last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United nursing a groin injury, while fellow six-goal striker Morgan missed the game altogether due to an ankle problem.

Manager Graham Turner told the club's official website: "Jon's missed training all week so he's a big doubt. Marvin Morgan missed last weekend's match, he's trained so there's a possibility he will be fit."

Shrewsbury are boosted by this week's arrival of striker Chris Porter on a one-month loan deal from Sheffield United and he will be in line to make his debut at Prenton Park.

Long-term absentees Jermaine Grandison (hip) and Mark Wright (knee) continue to miss out.

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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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