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Team news: Ellison added to squad

Team news: Ellison added to squad
By PA Sport

12/02/2011 at 04:57

Bradford's new loan signing Kevin Ellison will be included in their squad for the home clash with manager Peter Taylor's former club Wycombe.

Bradford v Wycombe

Rotherham striker Ellison has joined the Bantams in a swap deal, with Bradford winger Omar Daley going in the opposite direction until the end of the season.

Another recent signing, striker Scott Dobie, is also in line for his City debut after arriving last week from St Johnstone in time for the postponed game at Macclesfield.

Skipper Simon Ramsden is hoping to make his first appearance since August at right-back after being sidelined due to a hip/calf injury, with Richard Eckersley having returned to parent club Burnley earlier this week.

Central defender Steve Williams was back in full training this week for the first time since January following a hamstring injury and is also set to boost Taylor's squad as Bradford chase their first win in seven league matches.

Wycombe defender Dave Winfield will return after missing the last two games through suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards.

He is back in contention to face the Bantams while fellow defender Alan Bennett is back from a calf strain.

Left-back Andy Sandell has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a medial knee ligament injury.

The 27-year-old recently underwent a scan on the injury he picked up in the 1-0 win over Rotherham on January 22 which has revealed the full extent of the problem.

Shrewsbury v Stevenage

Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner will find it difficult to make changes for the visit of Stevenage after overseeing the club's biggest win of the season in midweek.

Despite previously triumphing 4-0 twice this season, Shrews hit five for the first time in the league since September 2008 to trounce in-form Lincoln 5-1.

Lionel Ainsworth celebrated his recall with a quickfire first-half hat-trick at Sincil Bank and Turner will find it tough to replace him, even with the return of striker James Collins from international duty with the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s.

On-loan goalkeeper Lee Nicholls is also back from England Under-19 duty to challenge Chris Neal for a place on the bench behind current number one Ben Smith.

Midfielder David Davis came off at half-time against Lincoln nursing an ankle problem but should be fine to face Boro.

Striker Tom Bradshaw has been ruled out for four to six weeks with an ankle ligament injury and is unavailable.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley could include Darren Murphy in his squad.

The midfielder has made just one appearance this season, a League Cup clash with Portsmouth on August 9, but returned from an ongoing shoulder injury during the reserve team clash with Colchester in midweek and could be involved.

Ben May is a doubt with a 'minor knock' which is only expected to keep him sidelined for a further few days.

Other than that, Westley has a full squad available.

Striker Craig Reid, winger Peter Winn and defender Darius Charles will all be hoping for recalls as Boro look to end a run of four games without a win in all competitions.

Oxford v Rotherham

Oxford boss Chris Wilder could hand Simon Hackney his home debut against Rotherham.

The winger has impressed during his two outings so far, both as a substitute in the away games with Southend and Gillingham, and could be handed his first start in front of his home fans.

Midfielder Josh Payne is a doubt with an ankle injury sustained when he was on the receiving end of a bad tackle in the 3-0 midweek reserve-team defeat against Ipswich.

Defender Simon Batt, meanwhile, will definitely miss out as he serves the second game of a three-match ban following his red card during the 2-1 defeat at Southend on February 1.

The Us will be looking to end a run of three league games without a win.

Winger Omar Daley could be handed his Rotherham debut after the 29-year-old Jamaica international arrived on loan from Bradford until the end of the season.

However, Kevin Ellison will not be available for selection following his move in the opposite direction on a similar deal.

Goalkeeper Andy Warrington is the only fresh injury worry but he should be fit to retain his place between the sticks despite a cut head suffered during the 3-1 defeat at Gillingham in midweek.

Jamie Annerson will be on standby just in case the 34-year-old fails to recover in time.

Skipper Ryan Cresswell is making good progress on his return from a broken collarbone but is still weeks away from a return to first-team action.

Stockport v Bury

Matt Paterson should be included in Stockport's squad for the home clash with Bury after arriving on a month's loan from Southend.

Paterson, 21, had made just one appearance for the Shrimpers since October and has moved to Edgeley Park in search of regular first-team football.

His arrival goes some way to offsetting the departure of Blackpool duo Ishmel Demontagnac and Stephen Husband.

The pair have completed their one-month loan spells and returned to the Barclays Premier League outfit.

Defender Matthew Grieve's loan spell from Newcastle has been cut short by a facial injury and County lie rock-bottom of npower League Two with 16 games remaining.

However, boss Peter Ward has no new injury or suspension concerns.

Bury boss Alan Knill will be without Manchester United youngster Nicky Ajose.

The 19-year-old, who is on loan at Gigg Lane until the end of the season, sustained a knee injury in training on Sunday.

He is now set for several weeks on the sidelines but Andy Bishop is fully fit again.

Bishop marked his first start since September with an eighth-minute opener in Tuesday's 3-0 home win over Stevenage and impressed alongside Ryan Lowe.

Port Vale v Northampton

Jim Gannon must decide who to go with at the heart of defence for Port Vale's home clash against Northampton.

Vale skipper Gareth Owen has been ruled out for four to six weeks having sustained bone bruising to his ankle joint during last weekend's 1-1 draw at Wycombe - a positive outcome considering it was initially thought he had suffered a fracture.

Fellow centre-back John McCombe missed out altogether at Adams Park having failed a pre-match fitness test on a calf strain, but he should be okay to return against the Cobblers.

That leaves Gannon with a decision to make as to who partners McCombe, with Exodus Geohaghon likely to get the nod ahead of Ritchie Sutton and Lee Collins - who is expected to revert to left-back.

Midfielder Gary Roberts is available despite being handed a three-match ban for his midweek dismissal while playing for the reserves, with the suspension coming into effect for the games against Stevenage, Aldershot and Macclesfield.

Chris Martin continues in goal with Stuart Tomlinson (hip) still struggling, while striker and captain Marc Richards (thigh) is nearing his return but Saturday comes just too soon.

Northampton will be without full-back John Johnson.

Crewe v Gillingham

Crewe defender David Artell is a major doubt for the visit of Gillingham.

The centre-half suffered a recurrence of the calf injury that kept him out for a fortnight against Rotherham last weekend. Academy product Adam Dugdale is on stand-by to fill in once again.

Shaun Miller missed the trip to south Yorkshire with the thigh strain that forced him off at Northampton. The striker is rated at 50/50 to return at the weekend.

Fellow forward Clayton Donaldson completes a three-match ban.

January Manager of the Month Dario Gradi has options should he wish to make changes. Danny Blanchett, Joel Grant, Nick Powell and Antoni Sarcevic are available for recalls.

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler is likely to be without defender Matt Lawrence.

The right-back limped out of the 3-1 midweek win over Rotherham after 25 minutes with a thigh/groin problem and is almost certain to miss out against the Railwaymen.

Winger Andy Barcham will miss out again after receiving another injection to treat his ankle injury, while defender Josh Gowling (knock) and midfielder Joe Martin (cheekbone) also miss out.

He missed the goalless draw with Barnet last weekend with a knee injury and is still out, while captain Andy Holt remains a doubt with his own knee problem.

Striker Leon McKenzie could return to the starting line-up after being rested against the Bees and Liam Davis is available to return at left-back after recovering from a knee injury.

Accrington Stanley v Southend

Accrington boss John Coleman has no new injury or suspension problems for the home clash with Southend and is likely to name the same matchday squad as last week.

Midfielder Jimmy Ryan limped out of the 2-2 draw against Stevenage with a hamstring problem but has trained this week and will retain his place.

However, he may find himself among the substitutes after assistant manager Jimmy Bell admitted he did not enjoy the best of games against Boro.

If Ryan is left out, the likes of Andy Parkinson, Chris Turner, Rory Boulding and Ray Putterill will fight it out to replace him in the starting line-up.

Kevin Long, who is recovering from a broken toe, is the only absentee as Stanley look to end a run of three league games without a win.

Southend boss Paul Sturrock will be without defender Bilel Mohsni.

The French centre-back limped out of the 2-0 defeat against Shrewsbury in midweek with an ankle injury and, despite an initial scan revealing no broken bones, an MRI scan has revealed ligament and tendon damage which will keep him on the sidelines for six to eight weeks.

Cheltenham v Hereford

Cheltenham are sweating on the fitness of Steve Elliott and Marlon Pack for the derby clash against Hereford, but Josh Low comes back into contention.

Centre-back Elliott (ankle) and midfielder Pack (groin) both hobbled out of last weekend's 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

The pair "have a chance of being fit" according to manager Mark Yates who will hand them fitness tests as late as possible.

Winger Low has trained all week having missed the last three games with a hamstring strain and comes back into Yates' thoughts for the firstof six home games in Town's next seven matches - a crucial period which will almost certainly define their promotion push.

Yates has seen his side flatter to deceive at Whaddon Road this term, losing their last three home games and winning just one of their previous six. And he is hoping for a change of fortunes as Hereford make the short trip to Gloucestershire.

Defender Andy Gallinagh (double hernia operation) is scheduled to resume training in the next two weeks.

Michael Townsend misses out on an emotional return to Cheltenham as Hereford go in search of derby bragging rights at Whaddon Road.

The centre-back spent six years with Town, making almost 150 appearances, before being released at the end of last season and subsequently signing a deal with Hereford.

But his red card for a second bookable offence in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Macclesfield means he now serves a one-match suspension.

Aldershot v Macclesfield

Aldershot could have midfielder Luke Guttridge back for the visit of Macclesfield.

The former Northampton man has missed the last two games with a groin strain but could return to manager Dean Holdsworth's match-day squad.

Winger Alex Rodman could start after he came off the bench to score an excellent equaliser at Morecambe in midweek. The former Tamworth player was struggling with illness and vomited during the game but is back to full fitness now.

Goalkeeper Jamie Young was also hit with illness but is now fine while striker Wade Small is fit after a recent bout of food poisoning.

Defender Ben Herd is also back after a groin strain but midfielder John Halls is still a couple of weeks away from a return as he continues to struggle with a long-standing groin injury that has restricted him to only eight appearances this season.

Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson has a number of injury concerns.

Defender Paul Morgan was carried off on a stretcher after just 10 minutes of last week's 4-2 home defeat at the hands of his former club Bury with severe swelling to his foot.

Lincoln v Morecambe

Stephen Hunt is an injury concern as Lincoln look to return to winning ways at home to Morecambe.

The defender, on loan from Notts County, did not reappear for the second half of the 5-1 defeat to Shrewsbury in midweek after complaining of a tight hamstring.

Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy is expected to have striker Jimmy Spencer available.

The rookie forward sustained a knock which forced him to miss the Shrimps' 1-1 draw at home to Aldershot on Tuesday.

However, he looks set to be passed fit to face the Imps as Morecambe bid to end a run of three successive draws with a victory at Sincil Bank.

Barnet v Torquay

Anthony Pulis and Sam Deering will be added to the Barnet squad for the visit of Torquay.

Pulis has joined the Bees on loan from Southampton and fellow midfielder Deering has arrived from Oxford, and both could go straight into the starting line-up.

Youngster Mauro Vilhete is also pushing for a start after scoring for the reserves in midweek.

Striker Steve Kabba came through 80 minutes of the goalless draw at Northampton last week after six weeks out with a knee injury and will start alongside Izale McLeod in attack again.

Defensive duo Daniel Leach and Darren Dennehy are still missing with foot injuries and forward Ricky Holmes is out for the season with a broken metatarsal.

Torquay boss Paul Buckle could hand a debut to new signing Ryan Gilligan.

The 24-year-old has completed a month-long loan move from League Two rivals Northampton and will go straight into the squad to face the Bees.