Gillingham v Bournemouth preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:47

Gillingham v Bournemouth preview

Gillingham will be without strike duo Frank Nouble and Jo Kuffour for the fixture.
Nouble has not been granted permission to play by parent club West Ham and is due to return to Sam Allardyce’s side this week, although he has indicated his desire to stay for a third month.
Kuffour has also been refused permission to play by fellow League Two club Bristol Rovers.
Manager Andy Hessenthaler will be able to call on his captain Andy Frampton again after the defender sat out against Aldershot through suspension.
Luke Rooney may be absent again after Hessenthaler dropped him from the squad against the Shots as the midfielder rejected a new contract offer.
As the Gills can name seven substitutes, teenager Ashley Miller could find himself in the squad.
Defender Barry Fuller (knee), midfielder Danny Spiller (ankle) and striker Adam Birchall (knee) are all long-term absentees.
Manager Lee Bradbury is struggling to find the 18 players he needs to fill his matchday squad as Bournemouth head to Gillingham.
Bradbury cannot call on the services of on-loan centre-back Steve Cook, whose parent club Brighton have refused him permission to play, while it is a similar situation for wide man Jaime Peters, who has been barred from featuring by Ipswich.
Attacking midfielder Wes Fogden is cup-tied after playing for Havant & Waterlooville in the competition already this season, and striker Charlie Sheringham also misses out having represented Dartford in the earlier rounds.
The Cherries boss is likely to hand a recall to Stephane Zubar at the heart of the back four, while veteran forward Steve Fletcher will return to the bench and Michael Symes could feature in attack – with Bradbury shifting the team’s formation back to 4-4-2.
Youngsters Josh Carmichael and Lewis Lindsay are also in line to be included at the Priestfield Stadium, as the south coast outfit look to make it into round two.

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