Dag & Red v Gillingham preview

Date published: Friday 24th August 2012 1:08

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Sam Williams could start his first game since last October.

The striker, who sustained a serious knee injury 10 months ago, has been a second-half substitute in each of the Daggers’ three matches to date this term, replacing Brian Woodall on each occasion.

And Williams may well start ahead of Woodall against the Gills as manager John Still looks for something different in attack with his side still looking for their first win of the campaign.

Matt Saunders (ankle) has resumed training and is now stepping up his involvement with a view to returning to first-team contention in the near future.

Fellow midfielder Kevin Maher has now had the pin taken out of his foot and should also return to training next week before increasing his fitness programme.

Gillingham will be without Tom Flanagan.

The defender saw red for a second bookable offence in Tuesday night’s impressive 1-0 victory at Wycombe and now serves a one-match suspension.

Otherwise, manager Martin Allen has a full-strength squad at his disposal as the Gills aim to continue their 100 percent start to the season in all competitions.

Allen made five changes in midweek from the side who saw off Bradford last weekend, rotating his ranks to cope with the demands of the early season schedule.

And it remains to be seen how he will send out his side at Victoria Road as they aim for a fourth successive win, which was last achieved in March.

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Dag & Red v Gillingham preview

Date published: Thursday 29th December 2011 12:39

Peter Gain will miss out for Dagenham & Redbridge with a suspected medial knee ligament strain.

The midfielder was forced off after just 38 minutes of the 3-0 Boxing Day triumph over Barnet, with the Daggers waiting for the results of a scan before the full extent of the injury is confirmed.

Billy Bingham replaced Gain on Monday and is expected to do so from the off against promotion-chasing Gills.

Fellow midfielder Abu Ogogo serves the second game of his three-match ban, with Dominic Green hoping to keep his place in John Still’s XI having been drafted in as replacement versus Barnet.

Fit-again skipper Mark Arber comes back in contention after his double hernia operation although Still is unlikely to make many changes to a winning formula on the back of a three-match unbeaten run.

Damien McCrory and Jake Reed (both ankle) are back in training but need a reserve outing before being considered for selection, while Luke Howell and Sam Williams (knee) continue to make progress with their long-term injuries.

Meanwhile, Gillingham have a host of injury and suspension concerns.

Midfielder Chris Whelpdale is hopeful of being fit for selection despite requiring five stitches to a split scrotum suffered during a nasty tackle in the closing stages of Boxing Day’s 2-1 victory at leaders Crawley.

Defender Matt Fish was also forced off just before half-time in the encounter nursing an ankle ligament injury and is set to miss out.

Skipper Andy Frampton and midfielder Lewis Montrose (both ankle) sat out of the game altogether and are both rated as 50/50 to return.

And manager Andy Hessenthaler’s worries do not end there after substitute Luke Rooney was dismissed late on against Crawley and now starts a two-match suspension, joining right-back Charlie Lee on the sidelines as he completes a two-match ban of his own.

In-form striker Jo Kuffour, who bagged both goals on Monday, is set to play the final game of his loan spell from Bristol Rovers although Gills are hoping to tying up a permanent deal for his services possibly as early as next week.

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