Bristol City V Tranmere at Ashton Gate : Match Preview

14 February 2014 08:31
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Elliott blow for Robins

Bristol City will be without midfielder Marvin Elliott when they host fellow strugglers Tranmere.

The Jamaican discovered this week that he not only suffered a broken hand after a clash of heads with Oldham's James Wesolowski last Saturday but he also suffered a fractured foot which looks to have ended his campaign.

Manager Steve Cotterill does, however, have fellow midfielder Stephen Pearson and Liam Kelly close to first-team returns after long spells on the sidelines while Karleigh Osborne made a welcome return in Tuesday's shock 3-1 win at Leyton Orient.

The two sides meet with only goal difference separating them and City know three points could potentially lift them four points clear of the relegation zone.

Ronnie Moore is blessed with a full-strength Tranmere squad.

The Rovers manager said he had as many as 13 players hoping to just make the bench this weekend with Matthew Kennedy recently following fellow loanees Stephen Arthurworrey and Matthew Pennington in extending his stay at Prenton Park.

Jake Kirby was substituted just 28 minutes in to last weekend's 2-1 loss to Preston, but that was a tactical decision by Moore rather than a change forced on him by injury.

Jason Koumas, Kirby's replacement that day, could be restored to the starting line-up while the likes of Ian Goodison and Andy Robinson give Moore further options should he consider changes.

Source: PA

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