Plymouth v Mansfield preview

Date published: Friday 10th April 2015 3:10

Antonio Conte: Manager often animated on touchline

Plymouth will be without captain Curtis Nelson when they host Mansfield.

The Pilgrims lost 2-1 at Portsmouth on Monday – a match which saw centre-back Nelson pick up a red card and he will now serve a one-match ban.

But John Sheridan has been boosted by the return of Anthony O’Connor from injury. He missed the last two matches with a groin problem and is likely to step into the side in place of Nelson against the Stags.

That means Peter Hartley is set to take the captain’s armband as Argyle look to bounce back.

Mansfield will check on Jamie McGuire and Vadaine Oliver before making the long trip to Devon.

Midfielder McGuire (ankle) and striker Oliver (shoulder) are both nursing knocks following the home defeat to Shrewsbury on Monday.

Ricky Ravenhill missed that game with ankle ligament damage, with McGuire taking his place in the starting line-up, and the 34-year-old is likely to remain on the sidelines.

Winger Junior Brown will complete a four-match suspension for the Stags, who are still not safe from the threat of relegation after four straight defeats.

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