Bury v Brentford preview

Date published: Friday 17th August 2012 1:25

Bury will be without veteran defender Efe Sodje.

The Shakers lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in the first round of the Capital One Cup last weekend and that disappointment was compounded by Sodje receiving a red card late in the contest.

Former Doncaster man Adam Lockwood is poised to make his debut in the centre of defence as his replacement, alongside Saturday’s goalscorer Mark Hughes.

Summer recruits Marcus Marshall and Craig Jones could push for starts after both widemen were named among the substitutes last week.

Marshall featured from the bench along with forward Mark Cullen, who joined on a six-month loan from Hull on the eve of the tie.

Caretaker management duo Peter Shirtliff and Ben Futcher have no injury worries to contend with as they prepare to take charge of Bury’s first league assignment since Richie Barker’s departure to take charge of Crawley earlier this month.

Scott Barron is set to make his Brentford debut.

Barron completed his move across London from Millwall earlier this week and is likely to go straight in at left-back.

Striker Farid El Alagui has shaken off a tight hamstring and is pushing for his first appearance following his summer switch from Falkirk while teenage winger Ryan Fredericks could also be handed a full debut.

Fredericks played the last 20 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 League Cup reverse at Walsall after completing a loan move from Tottenham 24 hours earlier.

But midfielder Jake Reeves will miss out as he begins a three-match ban following his red card for a reckless challenge at the weekend, so Toumani Diagouraga could start in the centre.

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Bury v Brentford preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 1:26

Bury welcome back defender Mark Hughes.

The 25-year-old served the final game of a three-match suspension as the Shakers’ promising run of recent form ground to a halt with a 4-1 defeat at Colchester last Saturday.

Midfielder Shane Byrne faces a late fitness test on an ankle problem and is boss Richie Barker’s only injury worry.

On-loan Hull forward Mark Cullen is available once more and hoping to figure for the first time since a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury after failing to make the matchday squad in Essex.

Mark Carrington may have the chance to make a long-awaited Bury debut.

The 24-year-old central midfielder moved to Gigg Lane on non-contract terms at the end of September but has since been ruled out with a blood clot in his leg.

Club captain Kevin O’Connor remains Brentford’s only injury absentee.

The long-serving midfielder is still stuck on 399 league appearances for the Bees due to a foot injury which will keep him out until the new year.

Defender Karleigh Osborne resumed training last week after a foot injury and could be added to the squad while midfielder Harry Forrester is also fit after a hamstring problem.

But boss Uwe Rosler is unlikely to make major changes after his side moved into the play-off spots for the first time this season following the 2-1 win over Hartlepool last weekend.

Everton loanee Jake Bidwell is set to continue at left-back ahead of Craig Woodman after an eye-catching display against Pools.

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