Plymouth v Hereford preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 11:29

Plymouth will have to reshuffle their defence once more for their home clash.

Already having to cope with the absence of full-back Paul Bignot, who serves the final game of a three-match ban following his FA Cup dismissal against Stourbridge last month, the Pilgrims will now also be without centre-half Onismor Bhasera.

Bhasera was given his marching orders late on in Argyle’s 1-1 draw at Bradford last week for two bookable offences and sits out a one-match suspension.

Durrell Berry is likely to keep his spot at right-back in place of on-loan Bignot while Curtis Nelson is set to fill in for Bhasera in the heart of defence.

Manager Jamie Pitman must decide whether Joe Colbeck is ready for selection ahead of Hereford’s trip.

The midfielder, who has missed three months with a knee injury, returned to training last week and got vital match practice in a 2-0 reserve victory over AFC Telford on Wednesday night.

Pitman will now determine whether Colbeck is fit enough to be considered at Home Park in a game where victory for the hosts, who climbed off the foot of the League Two table last weekend, would see them move within one point of the Bulls.

A couple of unnamed players have this week been struggling through illness and will be assessed as late as possible, otherwise Pitman is expected to have a near full-strength squad at his disposal.

Fit-again goalkeeper Adam Bartlett was selected ahead of loanee David Cornell in last Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Rotherham to make his first start since August, and the two will again battle it out for the gloves.

Centre-back Stefan Stam (knee) is closing on a return but is not yet ready.

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