Ashley Westwood is expected to be fit for Crewe`s home game against Torquay.

The defender jarred a knee making a block tackle during the win at Barnet last weekend. Scans revealed no ligament damage and he should retain his place in the starting line-up as caretaker boss Dario Gradi names an unchanged side for the fifth straight game.

Injured trio James Bailey (abductor muscle), Steven Schumacher (calf) and Shaun Miller (groin) are closing in on a return in time for the busy Christmas schedule.

They have resumed training and could come back into contention for the Boxing Day visit of Rochdale or the trip to Macclesfield two days later.

Harry Worley is fit again after an ankle injury while fellow defender Carl Martin is back in training following his ankle problem.

Free-scoring Torquay are set to be boosted by the return of loanees Chris Zebroski and Michael Poke.

In-form striker Zebroski - on loan from Wycombe - was cup-tied for United`s 4-0 FA Cup win against Stockport on Tuesday night.

Zebroski is likely to go straight back into Paul Buckle`s starting XI, although his replacement against County, Elliot Benyon, did his chances no harm by grabbing his first senior hat-trick.

Goalkeeper Poke is also back in contention after being denied permission to play in midweek by parent club Southampton. He is likely to start at the expense of Scott Bevan.

Teenage left-back Adam Smith is the Gulls` only injury doubt after hobbling off at the start of the second half against Stockport.

Kevin Nicholson is likely to deputise should Smith fail to recover in time.

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