Mansfield v Portsmouth preview

Date published: Friday 24th April 2015 3:54

Reggie Lambe returns to the reckoning for Mansfield as they conclude their home fixtures against Portsmouth.

The Bermuda international midfielder served a one-match suspension last weekend as the Stags lost 3-1 at Cambridge – a sixth loss in the last seven outings for Adam Murray’s men.

Martin Riley has missed the last two games through injury but the defender may be back in the squad on Saturday.

Mansfield manager Murray has said he will use the remaining two matches of the season to experiment. Youngsters Liam Marsden, Jack Thomas and Joe Fitzpatrick are all expected to get more minutes under their belts while there could be a debut for defender Corbin Shires.

Portsmouth are hopeful James Dunne will be fit. The midfielder was in caretaker boss Gary Waddock’s line-up for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Bury but was withdrawn as a precaution on the morning of the game due to a knee problem.

Full-back Josh Passley (concussion) and striker Ryan Taylor (groin) will also be assessed ahead of the trip after missing out last weekend.

Defenders Ben Chorley (back), Jack Whatmough (knee), Paul Robinson (cheekbone) and Danny East (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

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