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Team news for Wednesday's League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Brentford at Gresty Road.

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Luke Murphy: Facing a late fitness test

Luke Murphy: Facing a late fitness test

Crewe will run the rule over a host of minor fitness concerns holding over from their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final triumph when they return to league action against Brentford.

Captain Luke Murphy opened the scoring in fine style before leading his side to a 2-0 Wembley victory over Southend but Sunday's match was his first in more than a fortnight due to a groin problem and the midfielder required the help of a painkilling injection to play.

Similarly, full-back Kelvin Mellor completed 90 minutes following a jab in his toe.

On-loan Newcastle youngster Brad Inman was replaced during the second half as he continues to build fitness following an ankle injury, while top scorer Mathias Pogba (thigh) when Uwe Rosler's side visit Gresty Road.

"Pogba won't play on Wednesday," said Alex assistant manager Neil Baker. "Murph will be stiff because he hasn't played or trained for a period, Brad's the same - he hasn't played much football.

"Kelvin had an injection in his toe. It's just bumps and bruises but they've got to pick themselves up and go again."

Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas is expected to be ready in time.

The former Republic of Ireland international was taken off at half-time during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Coventry after picking up a knock, but is likely to recover in time for the clash.

Veteran midfielder Kevin O'Connor returned to Uwe Rosler's squad at the weekend following his recovery from an ankle injury that has kept him out of action since November 6. He is in contention to play some part against the Railwaymen.

Defender Scott Barron (hip) and goalkeeper Richard Lee (shoulder) remain out but long-term absentee Farid El Alagui (knee) could return.

The Bees will be hoping for a return to winning ways on Wednesday, having picked up just one point in their last two games.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves  
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury  
Rotherham v Port Vale  
Stevenage v Bristol C  
Swindon v Bradford  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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