Cheltenham v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 27th March 2015 2:48

Cheltenham will be without three key players for their vital home game with Plymouth.

The Robins sit just one point above rock-bottom Hartlepool after last weekend’s defeat to Exeter and they will have to manage without star man Wes Burns after he was not only called up by Wales Under-21 for their clash with Bulgaria next Tuesday but also put on standby for the senior squad this weekend.

Centre-backs Troy Brown and Will Packwood also miss out. Brown serves the final match of his two-game suspension for 10 yellow cards while Packwood has been named in the USA’s Under-23 squad.

Striker Mathieu Manset, who missed the Exeter loss after being struck in traffic, could also be handed a start upfront while Derby loanee Shaquille McDonald will be in the squad following his arrival on Thursday.

Plymouth are likely to include new signing Zak Ansah in their squad.

The Charlton loanee arrived at Home Park on Thursday and is available to make his Pilgrims bow at Whaddon Road but fellow new recruit Gethin Jones is not.

Jones, borrowed from Everton, cannot feature until next week as the 19-year-old right-back is with Wales’ Under-21 side for their clash with Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, defender Peter Hartley is set to play through the niggling pain of a knee injury and his previous hip problem this weekend.

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Cheltenham v Plymouth preview

Date published: Monday 2nd September 2013 5:25

The Robins’ fringe players will have the chance to impress in the first round after a number of injuries to Mark Yates’ squad.

Steve Elliott and Craig Braham-Barrett will not be available, Matt Richards has a hamstring problem and remains a doubt while Troy Brown is still out.

One player who may return to the bench is Jamie Cureton. The experienced forward has been sidelined with a shoulder problem he sustained when opening his account for the club on the opening day.

Yates has called for his players to stand up and be counted after their 4-1 defeat to Bury on Saturday.

Argyle could hand debuts to two new signings for Tuesday night’s trip to south west.

Left-back Jamie Reckord, who arrived on loan from Wolves, and Algerian midfielder Hamza Bencherif, who was a free agent, have both been signed in time to feature.

Striker Matt Lecointe underwent a cruciate knee ligament operation last week and faces a lengthy recovery period while this match comes too soon for Paul Wotton as he recovers from his broken ribs.

Argyle make the trip looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Morecambe.

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Cheltenham v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 16th August 2013 10:29

The Robins’ returning hero Steven Gillespie could go straight into their starting line-up due to the side’s lack of forwards.

With Jamie Cureton sidelined due to a dislocated shoulder and Terry Gornell ruled out with a groin injury sustained in the second half of last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield, the loan signing from Fleetwood, who spent two years with the club between 2006 and 2008, could be handed a starting berth.

With the exception of Cureton and Gornell, manager Mark Yates has no other injury worries.

Summer signing Ashley Vincent played 90 minutes in a midweek friendly and is pushing for his first start since returning to the club.

The Pilgrims will be boosted by the availability of defender Guy Branston as they look for their first win of the season this weekend.

The former Rotherham and Torquay centre-back came through a midweek friendly loss at Yeovil unscathed after recovering from a calf injury and he boosts Argyle’s defensive options with Paul Wotton sidelined due to broken ribs.

And with Maxime Blanchard unavailable after a bereavement in his family Branston looks set to return to the matchday squad.

Andres Gurrieri played for 90 minutes in midweek and is pushing for a start and while manager John Sheridan is looking to add a striker to his squad he says that will not happen before his goal-shy side clash with the Robins.

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Cheltenham v Plymouth preview

Date published: Monday 22nd October 2012 3:29

Cheltenham’s preparations have been given a timely boost by the return of captain Alan Bennett after suspension.

The 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international served the last of his three-match ban on Saturday at Valley Parade and manager Mark Yates will have to decide whether to reinstate the former Brentford man or stick with Keith Lowe.

The 3-1 defeat at the Coral Windows Stadium on Saturday was the club’s first in seven league games and, with Bennett’s return, Yates has the entire squad at his disposal for the visit of the Pilgrims.

“We should pretty much have a clean bill of health,” Yates told the official website. “We are checking on one or two ahead of training but everyone looks to be fine and we should have plenty of options.”

Plymouth will assess the fitness of Onismor Bhasera after the midfielder suffered an injury with Zimbabwe.

The 26-year-old returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with a knock and missed Saturday’s victory over Rochdale along with Watford loanee Ross Jenkins, who is suffering from a groin injury.

The Pilgrims, who have a positive goal difference for the first time since August 2010, were able to name Jamie Lowry on the bench on Saturday after the midfielder came through a specially-arranged friendly unscathed having been on the sidelines since July.

Fellow midfielder Paul Wotton is much further away from a return having undergone back surgery last week which will keep him out until December.

Welsh striker Rhys Griffiths will also miss the trip to face Mark Yates’ side with a groin injury.

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Cheltenham v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 28th October 2011 11:26

James Spencer will miss Cheltenham’s clash with Plymouth through suspension.

The on-loan striker, who has been in fine form for the Robins in recent weeks, picked up his fifth booking of the season during the 1-0 home defeat to Crewe in midweek and serves a one-match ban for the visit of the Pilgrims.

Otherwise, manager Mark Yates has no new injury concerns.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland has recovered from a dead leg sustained in the win at Accrington on October 21, while striker Theo Lewis is available after overcoming an injury sustained in a reserve-team game.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham are in negotiations with Everton regarding the potential extension of Luke Garbutt’s loan stay at the club.

The full-back joined on a month-long deal in September and the match against Plymouth would be his final appearance for the Robins under the terms of the current arrangement.

Meanwhile Striker Warren Feeney and winger Luke Daley are fighting to be fit for Plymouth’s trip to Cheltenham.

Both players missed the 5-1 loss to Oxford on Tuesday through injury but caretaker manager Carl Fletcher is hopeful the pair will be available against the Robins.

Fletcher, who has not featured in a playing capacity during his temporary spell in charge at Home Park, was among the substitutes on Tuesday and may include himself in the matchday 16 once again while Conor Hourihane returns from a one-match ban.

However, midfielder Will Atkinson is suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season in the heavy defeat at the Kassam Stadium.

Defender Onismor Bhasera came off the bench for a 20-minute cameo against Oxford and is pushing for a return to the starting line-up.

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Cheltenham v Plymouth preview

Date published: Monday 4th October 2010 4:19

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has doubts over two players ahead of his side’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Plymouth Argyle at Whaddon Road.

Wes Thomas and JJ Melligan both picked up knocks in the Robins’ 2-0 win against Aldershot at the weekend and will have to pass late fitness tests on Tuesday before they are announced in the squad.

Josh Low returned to Saturday’s squad following a calf strain and had no reaction so is likely to keep his place in order for him to get some game time under his belt.

Two players who are unavailable for Town are midfielder Frankie Artus who has a cracked fibula and defender Martin Riley who has a hamstring injury. Both players are expected back in training within a fortnight.

Plymouth boss Peter Reid will have centre-back Reda Johnson available for his side’s JPT southern section second-round match at Cheltenham.

Johnson returns from the one-match ban he served by sitting out Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Hartlepool and is expected to regain his place in the starting XI.

Reid praised the performance of 16-year-old right-back Jack Stephens after he came on as a first-half substitute in the weekend’s narrow defeat and he could be in line for a start.

The same can be said for Congolese striker Yala Bolasie who made his comeback from six weeks out with ankle and knee problems to come on at half-time against the Pools.

However, midfielder Jim Paterson is a doubt for the match after picking up a slight hamstring injury at the weekend and is likely to be rested.

Steven MacLean will be looking to earn a recall after being an unused substitute in the club’s last two games.

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