Swindon v Crewe preview

Date published: Friday 30th August 2013 12:58

The Robins will check on the fitness of defender Alex Smith ahead of this weekend’s home fixture.

The Robins have a Capital One Cup third round tie with Chelsea to look forward to after disposing of QPR on Tuesday night but Smith picked up a shin injury in that memorable 2-0 victory and had to be taken off before the break.

If Smith fails to make it then the likes of Ryan Mason could come into contention but winger Tijane Reis is still out with a knee problem.

Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger looks set to start for the Robins once more after netting for his first goal since signing for the club on a free transfer.

Crewe will be missing three players when they travel to the south west.

Forward Byron Moore, who has just two appearances to his name this term, will miss out again because of a thigh injury while defender Thierry Audel is still feeling the effects of a dead leg.

They join long-term absentee Mathias Pogba (knee) on the sidelines, with the former Wrexham forward unlikely to be back in action until November after undergoing surgery following the pre-season game against Manchester United.

The Alex did have doubts over Abdul Osman (leg), Oliver Turton (foot) and Harry Davis (shin), yet all three are expected to declare their availability ahead of the match.

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Swindon v Crewe preview

Date published: Monday 15th April 2013 4:09

The hosts look set to be without Alan Navarro, who was an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday.

The midfielder has gone for a scan on a hamstring injury he picked up against MK Dons last week.

Robins boss Kevin MacDonald said he hoped it would not be a serious injury but the club will know more after the scan.

Meanwhile, Tommy Miller is not running yet as he looks to return from a calf problem, ruling him out of the visit of the Railwaymen.

Nathan Thompson, Troy Archibald-Henville, Miles Storey, Jay McEveley, Aaron Oakley and Louis Thompson are all out for the rest of the season.

Swindon are currently in the last League One play-off spot, just one point clear of seventh-placed Walsall.

Steve Phillips and Luke Murphy remain major injury doubts for the visitors.

Alan Martin started between the posts in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to leaders Doncaster at Gresty Road, with Phillips laid low due to a dead leg suffered during the loss at Brentford in midweek.

Skipper Murphy sat out at the weekend as he continues to nurse a groin problem that sidelined him in the weeks leading up to his starring role in Alex’s 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy triumph over Southend at Wembley.

Rookie centre-back George Ray made his full debut against Rovers and will hope to continue, although boss Steve Davis may return to a back four after the Railwaymen lined-up 3-5-2 last time out.

Midfielder Abdul Osman must serve the second game of a two-match suspension for collecting 10 yellow cards this season.

Top scorer Mathias Pogba (thigh) will miss the remainder of the season, while defender Adam Dugdale remains on compassionate leave.

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Swindon v Crewe preview

Date published: Friday 5th August 2011 2:05

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio will be without five of his summer signings as he prepares to make his eagerly-anticipated managerial debut.

First-choice goalkeeper Mattia Lanzano (side), defender Alessandro Cibocchi (ankle), winger Etienne Esajas (shoulder) and striker Mehdi Kerrouche (knee) are injured for the clash.

Defender Alberto Comazzi will also miss out due to a one-match suspension carried over from a game played in Italy.

As well as the quintet, reserve stopper Mark Scott (ankle) and young midfielder Abdul Said (knee) are sidelined.

Raffa De Vita and Alan Connell are Di Canio’s only fit strikers for the encounter, with Uruguayan forward Nicolas Raimondi unavailable as he is only on trial.

Namibia international midfielder Oliver Risser will captain the club over the forthcoming campaign.

Dario Gradi has a full-strength squad at his disposal.

The veteran manager will have all options available to him after Carl Martin, AJ Leitch-Smith and Luke Murphy shook off minor knocks and illnesses.

Calvin Zola, Patrick Ada, Mat Mitchel-King, Danny Blanchett, Lewis Short, Ashley Westwood, Bartek Fogler, Joel Grant and Clayton Donaldson all left the club during the summer.

The only new face to arrive at Gresty Road was rookie goalkeeper Alan Martin, who initially joined the Alex for a two-week trial after being released by Leeds.

Martin is set for a place on the bench as the Railwaymen bid to spoil the party in what is Paolo Di Canio’s first match as Swindon boss.

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