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Adam Mekki: Short of match fitness

Adam Mekki: Short of match fitness

The relegation-threatened Shots will again assess Adam Mekki and Danny Hylton ahead of their crucial game in hand in midweek.

Midfielder Mekki and 12-goal striker Hylton have both returned to training after groin and knee injuries respectively, but were not fit enough for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Wycombe.

Defender Troy Brown made his long-awaited return from a knee injury as an unused substitute at Adams Park and he will be hoping for greater involvement.

Shots boss Andy Scott has no new injury problems but remains without long-term absentee Aaron Morris (cruciate ligament damage).

Aldershot currently prop up the League Two table, three points from safety with three matches remaining.

Shrimpers boss Phil Brown will run the rule over Ryan Leonard and Luke Prosser as he goes in search of his first win in charge at the sixth attempt.

Midfielder Leonard required stitches to a head wound sustained late on in Saturday's goalless draw against Bristol Rovers but is eager to play in midweek.

He stands a greater chance than defender Prosser, who missed out altogether and is still struggling with a little bit of back pain.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith is set to sit out with a virus while Tamika Mkandawire plays the final match of his current loan spell from Millwall.

Brown made five changes against Rovers at the weekend - recalling Leonard, Daniel Bentley, Anthony Straker, Matthew Lund and Freddy Eastwood - and it remains to be seen how he will line-up against bottom club Aldershot with just three matches remaining and the Shrimpers destined for a mid-table finish.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Sat, 12 Apr 2014

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