Tranmere v Swindon preview

Date published: Monday 24th March 2014 10:49

Ex-Wales international midfielder Jason Koumas is top of Tranmere’s injury concerns prior to the clash with Swindon.

Koumas played through the pain barrier in the loss to Port Vale on Saturday, scoring his fourth goal in his last seven games, but needed half a dozen pain injections in his toe to feature. The quick turnaround is now likely to work against him.

Centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey came off against Vale and is struggling with a lower back injury while fellow defender Danny Holmes, absent on Saturday, will be assessed late on Monday after picking up a knee problem.

The same ailment kept midfielder Steve Jennings out last time around and he faces a similar late test. Stand-in boss John McMahon admits Rovers need to wait for the swelling to subside before making a judgement call.

Swindon will be without two midfield regulars at Tranmere.

Louis Thompson twisted his ankle on Thursday and missed their 1-0 win over Preston on Saturday while Ryan Harley is struggling with a locked hip he sustained in training on Friday and neither will travel to Prenton Park.

Ben Gladwin stepped into the starting line-up after the injuries to Thompson and Harley and look set to keep his place after a man-of-the-match display especially with Alex Pritchard still serving a suspension.

But full-back Nathan Byrne is touch and go to feature having missed the last two games with a hamstring tear as the Robins look to make it back-to-back victories.

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Tranmere v Swindon preview

Date published: Monday 18th February 2013 4:23

Tranmere will have to make do without defender Danny Holmes.

Holmes suffered a head injury during Friday night’s televised 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury and is set to miss out.

Liam Palmer received a straight red card in the first half of that match and begins a three-game ban, possibly paving the way for fellow Sheffield Wednesday loanee Paul Corry to make his full debut in midfield having featured as a second-half substitute against the Shrews.

Adam McGurk sustained a hamstring injury in training on Monday morning and fellow forward Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro remains sidelined as he completes a three-match suspension.

Rovers have lost four of their last five matches but could return to the automatic promotion places in League One with victory over Swindon, who thrashed them 5-0 at the County Ground in December.

Skipper James Wallace remains out amid fears the former Everton midfielder’s knee injury could force a premature end to his season.

Swindon will be without the services of Joe Devera once again.

The former Barnet left-back’s comeback from his initial problem lasted just 35 minutes at Leyton Orient last month but, after a fortnight of rehabilitation, he is edging closer to a first-team return, although this match comes too soon for the 26-year-old.

Defender Troy Archibald-Henville remains out with his knee injury and Alan McCormack is ill, but manager Paolo Di Canio has no fresh injury worries as his Robins look to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

That impressive streak has moved Swindon to within two points of second-placed Sheffield United ahead of the trip to Prenton Park.

The teams last met back in December when the Robins ran out 5-0 winners at The County Ground.

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Tranmere v Swindon preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 2:32

Tranmere boss Les Parry will be without a trio of players.

Enoch Showunmi, Marlon Broomes and Ryan Fraughan remain sidelined though injury but Parry has no other concerns.

Showunmi misses out after breaking his fibula in the game against Exeter recently and Broomes has been on the sidelines for several months after damaging knee ligaments.

Fraughan is ruled out with a calf injury but Rovers are in fine form and go into the match on the back of successive wins over Exeter and Leyton Orient.

A victory for Parry’s side could lift them as high as 11th depending on other results.

Parry, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the season but is set to be handed a new deal.

Caretaker manager Paul Bodin is set to make one or two changes to his XI as relegated Swindon take part in their last game in League One for at least a year.

On-loan striker Calvin Andrew started last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat to Oldham but has now returned to parent club Crystal Palace, as has midfielder Alassane N’Diaye, who was an unused substitute.

That means Elliot Benyon is likely to partner Billy Bodin in attack at Prenton Park.

Defender Aden Flint is back with the club having enjoyed a loan spell with former employers Alfreton Town, whom he helped secure promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Flint is now in contention for a starting berth against Rovers, while youngsters Nathan Thompson, Miles Storey and Matt Clark could also be involved.

Andy Frampton (ankle), David Lucas (back), Vincent Pericard and Milan Misun (both knee) all continue to miss out through injury, while soon to be out-of-contract defender Alan Sheehan is unlikely to be in the frame having already taken part in a trial spell at Preston.

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