Burton Albion v Dag & Red preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 12:05

Calvin Zola could once again be Burton’s only option up front for the home tie.

Zola operated as a lone striker during the 3-0 defeat to league leaders Crawley last weekend, with leading scorer Billy Kee, Justin Richards and Adi Yussuf all sidelined through injury and Greg Pearson out on loan at Aldershot.

Kee has a groin injury and Yussuf an ankle ligament problem. Richards has resumed training after recovering from a back complaint but it could be too soon for him to start a game having only made his comeback as a second-half substitute at Crawley.

Captain John McGrath was left out of the starting XI in West Sussex on his return from suspension but the midfielder could be recalled against the Daggers.

One player who will not pull on a Burton shirt again is Paul Boertien, with the left-back retiring from professional football at the age of 32 after a spate of injuries.

Striker James Ellison has also left the club having had a troubled time since joining in the summer on a free.

Callum McNaughton and Sammy Moore are out of AFC Wimbledon’s trip to Rotherham.

Boss John Still must decide whether to stick or twist as he takes his Dagenham & Redbridge side to Burton aiming to build on Tuesday’s FA Cup triumph at Walsall.

The Daggers sealed a welcome penalty shoot-out victory over their League One opponents to set up a third-round meeting at home to Millwall.

Still, who has no new injury or suspension concerns, has seen his side lose their last nine league matches to slip to the foot of the Football League and he must now decide whether to change a winning formula.

He made two changes at the Banks’s Stadium, with defender Richard Rose and midfielder Kevin Maher coming in to replace Exodus Geohaghon and Gavin Tomlin respectively.

Defender Geohaghon and strikers Cristian Montano and Adam Cunnington return into contention having been ineligible to feature in the FA Cup.

Mark Arber (hernia), Damien McCrory (ankle), Luke Howell (knee), Rob Edmans (broken leg) and Sam Williams (knee) remain sidelined.

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