Portsmouth v Bristol R preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park.

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Ben Chorley: Back in contention

Ben Chorley: Back in contention

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Ben Chorley returns to the Portsmouth squad for the visit of Bristol Rovers.

The centre-half has completed a four-match ban after he was sent off for the second time this season against York last month.

Simon Ferry misses out after suffering a recurrence of his back injury against Dagenham last week but fellow midfielders Wes Fogden (knee) and Romain Padovani (calf) could return.

Winger Andy Barcham remains sidelined by a thigh problem and striker Ryan Bird has a groin injury.

Bristol Rovers are waiting on three players ahead of the trip to Portsmouth.

Darrell Clarke hopes Michael Smith and Danny Woodards, the goalscorer in last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Torquay, will be able to shake off minor injuries to line up against Pompey while striker Chris Beardsley is struggling with an on-going knee problem and is far less likely to feature.

Winger Fabian Broghammer could be named in a first-team squad for the first time this season after recovering from a serious knee injury. The German looked set to be on the bench against the Gulls until his knee flared up in the build up to kick-off.

The Pirates are just one point above the relegation zone and face a real fight to retain their Football League status.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Burton Alb  
Cambridge Utd v Luton Town  
Cheltenham v Dag + Red  
Mansfield v Carlisle  
Northamptn v Accrington  
Oxford Utd v Stevenage  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Portsmouth v Wycombe  
Shrewsbury v Newport  

Sky Bet League 2

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

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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