Bury v Torquay preview


Shakers caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson is expected to be without striker Danny Hylton this weekend.

The on-loan Rotherham forward was taken off in the first half of last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Wycombe with a knee injury and looks set to miss out once more.

Craig Jones (groin) and Marco Navas (hamstring) have made good progress from their respective injuries and could recover in time to feature.

Jepson will run the rule over Tope Obadeyi, who is nursing a groin injury.

Torquay are set to be boosted by the availability of three players when they make the long trip to Bury.

Goalkeeper Michael Poke, defenders Aaron Downes and Kirtys McKenzie all made their recoveries from injury in a friendly with Yeovil on Tuesday afternoon and could come into contention to travel.

Poke and McKenzie are yet to play for the first team this season after injury while Downes was playing his first game since a cartilage operation three weeks ago.

The match also saw midfielder Damien Mozika get some more game time under his belt as he continues to regain his match fitness after a hamstring injury.

Bury v Torquay preview


Bury boss Alan Knill will be without defenders Efe Sodje and Phil Picken for the home clash with Torquay.

Both men picked up their 10th bookings of the season during Saturday’s goalless draw at Rotherham and now begin two-match suspensions.

Knill admits the pair’s absence will stretch his squad to the limit and is trying to bring in a loan signing.

The Shakers manager said: “I asked around the dressing room if anyone fancied playing centre back or right back, and there wasn’t too many takers.

“Either we force them into it or we try our best to try to get someone.”

Midfielder Damien Mozika is available following a two-game suspension and defender Ben Futcher is hopeful of being named in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Torquay manager Paul Buckle will have Billy Kee available for the trip to Bury.

The 20-year-old striker was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 5-0 win over promotion-hopefuls Shrewsbury so he could rest an ongoing ankle injury, but could be recalled for the Shakers clash.

However, he may have to be content with a place among the substitutes following Jake Robinson’s brace and Gavin Tomlin’s debut goal against the Shrews.

Buckle has no fresh injury or suspension concerns going into the game and is, therefore, unlikely to make too many changes.

That means loanees Robinson, Tomlin, Ronan Murray, Craig Stanley and Ben Pringle are all set to retain their places in the starting line-up as the Gulls look to secure back-to-back wins.