Oldham v Tranmere preview

Date published: Friday 30th August 2013 12:42

Latics full-back Connor Brown is rated as 50-50 for their home bout this weekend.

The 21-year-old was withdrawn in the second half of Latics’ 3-1 victory over Port Vale last Saturday and his replacement that afternoon, Cliff Byrne, may slot in.

Carl Winchester, another right-back, could be available for the first time this season after returning to full training following his knee injury.

Striker Charlie MacDonald was absent against Vale due to a dead leg but should feature while Danny Philliskirk, son of Oldham’s academy manager Tony, is in line for his debut after penning a two-year deal on Wednesday.

Forward Jose Baxter will not be involved after joining Sheffield United on Thursday.

Ronnie Moore has hinted Rovers will alter their formation as injured players return for the trip North West.

Rovers were only able to name four substitutes on Tuesday night when they defeated Bolton in the Capital One Cup on penalties but Joe Thompson (illness), Ryan Lowe (hamstring) and Akpo Sodje (knee) will all be back in contention.

That will allow Moore to switch back to his preferred 4-4-2 with only suspended full-back Andrai Jones and injured midfielders Andy Robinson (knock) and James Wallace (knee) definitely absent.

Jason Koumas started his first competitive game in over two years against Wanderers while veteran Ian Goodison, 40, played 120 minutes but Moore is confident fatigue will not be an issue for either player.

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Oldham v Tranmere preview

Date published: Friday 9th November 2012 1:38

Oldham are set to assess the fitness of forward Jose Baxter.

Former Everton youngster Baxter, who has been in impressive form since joining Latics on a short-term contract early this season, sustained a dead leg during Tuesday night’s lacklustre 2-1 derby defeat to Bury.

Baxter is battling to face the Merseyside outfit, with whom he enjoyed a loan spell with last season.

James Tarkowski endured a torrid time in midweek, scoring an own goal before giving away the penalty that allowed Steven Schumacher to add the ultimately decisive second, but the teenager is poised to continue at the heart of boss Paul Dickov’s defence as Jean-Yves Mvoto completes a three-match suspension.

He is expected to be joined at centre-back by Cliff Byrne, who featured against the Shakers despite sustaining a heavy blow to the ribs during last weekend’s FA Cup win at Kidderminster.

Tranmere are without Paul Black, Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Andy Robinson for the trip to Oldham while Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is out until January.

Akpa Akpro, who has already scored seven times this season, will miss the rest of 2012 while Black sat out the trip to Hartlepool in midweek with a calf problem.

Bell-Baggie was replaced in the first-half after picking up a medial ligament injury and Robinson, who had just returned from a hamstring knock, picked up a fifth booking fo the season and will serve a one-match ban.

Jake Jervis was handed a start at Victoria Park after recovering from an ankle knock and showed no ill-effects during his 74 minutes.

Veteran defender Ian Goodison is set to continue among the substitutes as he continues to search for his first appearance of the season after undergoing knee surgery in the summer.

Tranmere returned to the top of the table after picking up their first win in four games in midweek.

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Oldham v Tranmere preview

Date published: Friday 24th February 2012 1:40

Oldham are set to be without full-back Paul Black.

Black suffered a hamstring injury during last Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing at MK Dons and, although the club are still waiting on the results of a scan, he is expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks.

Captain Dean Furman has stepped up training following a knee problem and will be assessed again on Friday before a decision is made on his return to the midfield.

Latics manager Paul Dickov is set to include Reuben Reid in his squad, with the striker coming through a reserve outing against Burnley in midweek following a lengthy absence with a thigh injury.

In the same game, Reid’s fellow forward Matt Smith bagged a brace to give Dickov further food for thought in attack.

Kirk Millar damaged ankle ligaments against the Clarets’ second string and is ruled out this weekend. The winger will have a scan once the swelling has gone down.

Enoch Showunmi and Andy Robinson are set to return to Tranmere’s squad.

The forward duo are back in full training following respective leg and knee problems and played 90 minutes against Manchester City reserves on Monday night.

Showunmi’s injury has kept him away from first-team duties since the turn of the year, while Robinson last played in mid-December.

Rovers manager Les Parry told the club’s official website: “Both played another 90 minutes on Monday for the reserves. They both showed great attitude.

“They didn’t just get through the game, they put in a lot of hard work and I was made up to see that. So they are both in contention for Saturday.”

Stoke striker Ryan Brunt’s loan spell expires after the game, while defenders David Raven (groin) and Zoumana Bakayogo (shin) remain sidelined.

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Oldham v Tranmere preview

Date published: Saturday 26th March 2011 12:15

Oldham boss Paul Dickov could have a full-strength squad at his disposal.

Winger Chris Taylor has missed the last two matches because of mumps but has returned to training this week and is set to be passed fit.

Midfielder Filipe Morais, who was also absent for the past two games, is back in light training following knee and hamstring injuries.

Defender Andy Todd is also expected to be available after missing the last two matches with a knee injury and Jean-Yves M’voto is making a speedy recovery from a twisted ankle sustained at Colchester.

Dickov could pitch himself into action for the first time since September as the Latics bid to end a dismal 11-match winless streak.

Tranmere boss Les Parry has been dealt a blow ahead of the game after Lateef Elford-Alliyu was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The rookie West Brom winger, who has been on loan at Prenton Park since December, is nursing a knee injury and will miss the final 10 games of the campaign.

Parry was looking to make one last loan signing to cover for Elford-Alliyu’s loss but failed to seal a deal before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.

Elsewhere, Rovers’ injury problems have begun to ease and Parry will be reluctant to make changes following last weekend’s 1-0 home win over Colchester.

The result ended a seven-match winless streak and Parry said: “We are getting the right kind of response from the players..”

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