Shrewsbury v Swindon preview

Date published: Friday 16th August 2013 12:53

Akwasi Asante and James Tavernier hope to be available for the Shrews’ this weekend.

On-loan Birmingham striker Asante has not yet featured this season due to a hamstring injury while Newcastle’s on-loan defender Tavernier missed last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Leyton Orient with an ankle problem.

Graham Burke returns to the Greenhous Meadow on Friday morning having been an unused substitute for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 side in their midweek 4-1 victory in the Faroe Islands.

Striker John Marsden (foot) and centre-back Dave Winfield (hamstring) have both been ruled out for between six to eight weeks.

The Robins will be without on-loan midfielder Ryan Mason when they make the trip to the West Midlands.

The Tottenham man suffered a grade one hamstring tear in the Capital One Cup win over Torquay, ruling him out of the clash with the Shrews.

Mason missed the 1-0 victory over Stevenage last weekend along with Alex Pritchard, who was suffering from a dead leg. But caretaker manager Mark Cooper expects Pritchard to be available.

Miles Storey looks set to get another chance to impress after making his full home debut as Cooper continues his search for a new forward.

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Shrewsbury v Swindon preview

Date published: Friday 28th September 2012 2:10

Joe Jacobson is out for Shrewsbury, with new signing Lee Collins set to step in.

Full-back Jacobson will be missing for between four to six weeks after suffering an ankle injury in training, with Collins brought in on loan as cover from Barnsley.

With no other new injuries, boss Graham Turner must decide whether to make just the one enforced change or hand recalls to the likes of Mark Wright or Rob Purdie.

Shrews will come up against striker James Collins for the first time since he rejected a new deal over the summer to complete a switch to Swindon, coming after his 14 goals last season helped the Shropshire club claim promotion alongside Paolo Di Canio’s side.

And emotions are sure to be high after last week’s tribunal for the transfer ruled Shrewsbury will receive merely an initial £140,000 for the 21-year-old’s services, a price labelled as derisory by the club.

Darren Ward will return to Swindon’s squad as they look to build on their midweek victory in the Capital One Cup.

Centre-back Ward joined Paolo Di Canio’s side on a loan deal from Millwall until January last month, but his involvement in the Capital One Cup meant he missed the victory over Burnley.

His replacement Troy Archibald-Henville scored the third goal as the Robins added the Clarets to their other scalps of Brighton and Stoke.

That victory ensured Di Canio’s men set up a fourth-round clash with Aston Villa, and the Italian must decide whether to change a winning line-up.

Should he neglect to alter the XI which defeated Burnley, striker James Collins will miss out.

That seems like a distinct possibility, too, after his replacement Paul Benson grabbed the opening goal in their cup shock.

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Shrewsbury v Swindon preview

Date published: Friday 26th August 2011 1:47

Graham Turner will find it tough to make any changes to his Shrewsbury XI for the clash with Swindon.

Turner watched his side see off Premier League side Swansea 3-1 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday having kept faith with the same starting line-up who disposed of Crewe last weekend.

And he is expected to stick with the same team for the visit of Paolo Di Canio’s Robins, who themselves caused a cup upset with their 1-0 triumph at Bristol City.

Turner will, however, warn his side not to fall into the same trap as they did after their similarly impressive 3-2 victory at Derby in the previous round, subsequently going on to draw at Burton and then lose to Oxford in their following matches.

Striker Tom Bradshaw returned to the bench for the first time in midweek having recovered from knee ligament damage.

But with the number of substitutes once again reduced from seven for Carling Cup matches to five, the Wales Under-21 international could have to fight it out with fellow forward James Collins to be included in the matchday 16.

Meanwhile Paolo Di Canio is likely to name an unchanged side for the trip to Shrewsbury having seen his charges cause a Carling Cup upset at Bristol City in midweek.

Di Canio recorded the most impressive result of his short managerial career to date as Town dumped their Championship opponents out of the League Cup on their home soil.

Striker Raffaele De Vita stepped off the bench at half-time to bag the only goal and could force Di Canio into a change, although the Italian may well again opt to keep faith with Alan Connell in attack.

Fellow forward Lukas Magera was a 75th-minute substitute at Ashton Gate but needs more match fitness before being considered for a starting berth.

Mehdi Kerrouche (hip) and Alberto Comazzi (hamstring) were fit to face City on Wednesday, the latter making the bench. Both are again in contention for Swindon’s first-ever trip to the Greenhous Meadow.

Captain Oliver Risser (groin) and defender Alessandro Cibocchi (ankle) remain sidelined.

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