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Steve Elliott: Returning from injury

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Mark Yates could be boosted by the return of three key players as they look to get back to winning ways.

Defender Steve Elliott missed the midweek penalty shoot-out defeat to Plymouth with a head injury while midfielder Matt Richards had a hamstring problem.

And they could be joined in the squad by experienced striker Jamie Cureton, missing since he dislocated his shoulder on the opening day of the season.

David Noble could feature again after making his debut on loan from Rotherham as a substitute against the Pilgrims while 17-year-old winger Zack Kotwica will hope he can keep his place after making his full debut.

Marcos Painter and Patrick Agyemang could return for Pompey when they head south west.

Left-back Painter is back in contention after a couple of weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and forward Agyemang sat out Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy shoot-out win at Torquay to rest a foot problem.

Agyemang's strike partner David Connolly misses out again, however, as he is in the middle of a three-game ban for his red card against Chesterfield last Saturday.

Tom Craddock came off the bench in midweek as he was not fit enough to start, so he could partner Agyemang in a new-look attack, while Shaun Cooper could be added to the squad after signing as a free agent on Thursday.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Tue, 21 Oct 2014

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