Torquay v Shrewsbury preview

Date published: Friday 10th February 2012 9:12

Torquay are sweating on the fitness of striker Rene Howe.

Howe picked up a suspected groin injury in training on Thursday and is rated doubtful by the club ahead of the visit of the Shrews.

Taiwo Atieno would be the obvious replacement up front for manager Martin Ling should Howe not be fit enough to take part.

Otherwise, the Gulls boss has no new injury or suspension worries as he looks to lead his side to their sixth straight league victory.

Defender Angus MacDonald signed on loan from Reading until the end of the season during the week and could be set to make his debut, although the 19-year-old will have to force his way past one of Brian Saah and Mark Ellis to claim a spot in the heart of defence.

Meawhile, Shrewsbury are hopeful Matt Richards will be fit.

The midfielder has picked up a minor calf strain this week but should recover in time to be in contention at Plainmoor.

Otherwise, manager Graham Turner is not expected to have any new injury or suspension problems as his side once again aim for a fourth successive victory following the postponement of last weekend’s clash against Port Vale.

Striker Marvin Morgan continues to miss out due to his red card against Southend, with the Gulls clash the second game of his three-match ban.

Defenders Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (shoulder), Reuben Hazell (knee) and Connor Goldson (back) all continue to make good progress with their respective recoveries but are not yet ready.

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Torquay v Shrewsbury preview

Date published: Friday 13th May 2011 1:45

Paul Buckle has a full-strength squad available.

Striker Jake Robinson is on loan from Shrewsbury, but is eligible to face his parent club in the play-offs.

Robinson joined the Gulls on loan in January on a deal until the end of May, and Shrewsbury were on the wrong end of that decision when he scored twice against them in a 5-0 rout two months ago.

Buckle confirmed: “Jake can play on Saturday and I’ve been asked a lot of questions about him.

“I can’t speak for Shrewsbury, but Jake has been a wonderful signing for us.

“He’s been instrumental in everything we’ve done. The boy is looking forward to the game.”

David Raven is battling to be fit for the Shrews.

The right-back is struggling with the thigh strain which forced him to miss the final day 3-0 win over Oxford, an injury which was aggravated in training having picked up a dead-leg in the penultimate game of the season against Cheltenham.

Jermaine Grandison stepped in against the U’s and will battle it out with Raven for a place at full-back should he recover in time.

All three of Shrewsbury’s loan players – Mat Sadler, David Davis and Niall Canavan – have been cleared to play, while midfielder Steve Leslie also comes back into the frame following the completion of his successful two-month spell with Hereford.

But manager Graham Turner will be wary of the threat posed by Shrews striker Jake Robinson, who is on loan with the Gulls and eligible to play against his employers.

Robinson moved to Plainmoor in January on a deal until the end of May, with no clause included which prevents him from taking part in meetings between the two sides. He made Town pay the price for that decision when he bagged a brace in a 5-0 romp for Torquay in March.

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Torquay v Shrewsbury preview

Date published: Friday 11th March 2011 11:16

Torquay manager Paul Buckle is set to include new signing Ronan Murray in his squad.

Murray has signed on loan for the rest of the season from Championship side Ipswich and providing all the necessary paperwork is completed in time, the young striker will take his place in the Gulls’ squad.

Fellow striker Billy Kee lasted only 27 minutes of the game against Stevenage at the weekend due to an ankle injury but after coming off the bench in midweek, may be recalled to Buckle’s starting line-up.

If Kee is still not deemed to be fully fit, Danny Stevens will continue to deputise.

Craig Stanley, who arrived at Plainmoor in January on loan from Morecambe, is set to get the nod in midfield once again after impressing in recent weeks.

Shrewsbury are expected to have Matt Harrold available.

The seven-goal striker missed Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Port Vale as he continued to struggle with tonsillitis, but he trained on Thursday and manager Graham Turner expects him to be in contention.

Defender Mat Sadler, who conceded the penalty from which Vale equalised, emerged from the clash with a dead leg but is also expected to be passed fit.

Midfielder Sean McAllister has resumed training again following his hernia operation while striker Nathan Elder (knee) continues to make progress after his return from a lengthy lay-off. However, the trip to Plainmoor comes too soon for either of them to be involved.

Shrews striker Jake Robinson is allowed to line up against his parent club as part of the deal which took him to Torquay on loan in January.

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