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, 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 Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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