English League One

  • Sky Bet League 1
  • 26 Dec 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Prenton Park
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Tranmere Rovers


Crewe Alexandra

Adam McGurk 58
Max Power 63
Bradden Inman 12

Tranmere v Crewe preview

Sunday 23rd December 2012 12:40

James Wallace: Set to miss out again

James Wallace: Set to miss out again

Team news ahead of the Boxing Day clash between Tranmere and Crewe at Prenton Park.

James Wallace has indicated via Twitter that he will not be fit for Tranmere's home encounter.

The former Everton midfielder is edging closer to fitness following a medial knee ligament injury and boss Ronnie Moore had pencilled him in for Wednesday's game.

But it appears Wallace's comeback will have to wait until the FA Cup third round tie against Derby.

In response to a Tweet asking if he would face Crewe he responded: "no won't be fit till derby game."

Ronnie Moore's men were thumped 5-0 at the County Ground on Friday night, a result that ultimately ended their long stay at the League One summit.

The club posted a statement on their official website after the match confirming that the Rovers squad would be forced to watch a DVD of the game in full at Prenton Park on Sunday morning.

Donervon Daniel and Michael Kay may push for starts in defence after being introduced at half-time with the score 4-0 at Swindon.

Forward Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (broken metatarsal) and winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie (lateral knee ligament) remain sidelined.

Ajay Leitch-Smith may come into contention for Crewe.

Leitch-Smith has been sidelined by an ankle problem since the Railwaymen's 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth in November, but has returned to full training and boss Steve Davis will assess his match fitness.

Abdul Osman is available once more in midfield following a minor knee injury, however Ollie Turton (thigh) and goalkeeper Steve Phillips (ankle/shin) miss out.

Alex are chasing a third consecutive league win for the first time this season after back-to-back triumphs over Preston and Bury.

They were denied the opportunity to make it three in a row on Saturday when the home clash with in-form Bournemouth was postponed after a torrential downpour left the Gresty Road playing surface waterlogged.