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Tom Lockyer: Serving a one-match ban

Tom Lockyer: Serving a one-match ban

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Bristol Rovers will be without Tom Lockyer when they host Portsmouth.

The young defender was booked for the fifth time this season in the midweek FA Cup replay with Crawley, a match that was abandoned with just over 15 minutes remaining, meaning he will sit out the clash with Pompey.

Manager John Ward recalled Ellis Harrison to the starting line-up for the first time since mid-October and the Welsh winger will hope he has done enough to keep his place while on-loan Preston striker Chris Beardsley was also handed a start.

Ward will have to decide whether to stick with Beardsley or recall former Wycombe forward Matt Harrold who was introduced as a second-half substitute.

Portsmouth could welcome back Danny East when they head to Bristol Rovers.

The defender is back in training three weeks after he was taken to hospital with a neck injury having landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge against Wycombe.

New boss Richie Barker will be weighing up changes after watching Pompey slump 2-0 at home to Newport in his first game in charge last weekend.

Defender Dan Butler and striker Tom Craddock are still out with knee injuries while left-back Dan Potts plays the final game of his loan spell from West Ham

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