Crewe v Tranmere preview

Date published: Friday 16th August 2013 1:39

Boss Steve Davis could hand Vadaine Oliver his first start for the club this weekend.

The former Lincoln striker has so far made two appearances from the bench, but Davis could opt for the 21-year-old as he goes in search of a first win of the season.

The hosts also hope to welcome back Byron Moore and summer signing Lee Molyneux from injury and suspension respectively, but last season’s top scorer Mathias Pogba is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following surgery on his knee.

The Alex remain unbeaten at home against Tranmere since 1999 and will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the opening game of this season when they threw away a two-goal lead against Rotherham.

Rovers travel to Crewe with a number of injury concerns for manager Ronnie Moore to contend with.

Midfielder Jason Koumas is a slight doubt after he pulled out of Wednesday’s reserve fixture with a tight groin while Joe Thompson was absent from training because of illness.

Moore also confirmed striker Akpo Sodje could miss out after picking up a knock and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is expected to deputise in his place.

Jason Mooney, Ian Goodison, Joe Thompson and Jake Kirby are also carrying minor knocks but should be available if called upon.

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Crewe v Tranmere preview

Date published: Friday 7th September 2012 10:41

Crewe could be without summer signing Michael West for the visit of leaders Tranmere.

The former Ebbsfleet forward, who only returned to the substitutes bench against Coventry last weekend after an Achilles problem, picked up an ankle knock playing for the club’s Under-21 side in midweek and is rated as a major doubt.

Matt Tootle also ran out for the U21’s and should feature in Steve Davis’ plans as he came through his attempts to rehabilitate a hip and groin injury unscathed.

Top scorer Mathias Pogba is unavailable with the knee injury which kept him out of the 1-0 win against Coventry.

Goalkeeper Steve Phillips remains absent after knee surgery but the club are hopeful he can return to training next week.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore will welcome back James Wallace and Andy Robinson.

The pair missed the midweek loss to Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with dead legs but will start against Alex.

Moore, who made four changes for Tuesday’s defeat, told the club’s official website: “They’re both fit and will start on Saturday. They’re two big, big players for this football club.”

However, Moore will be unable to call on Ash Taylor, Ian Goodison and Paul Black, who are ruled out through injury.

Moore added: “Ash is probably going miss Saturday but should be OK for the Coventry game.

“Goody [Goodison] is still probably two weeks off and Blacky [Black] the same. It will be nice when we’ve got a full squad to select from.”

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