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Macclesfield Town Vs Shrewsbury Town, Sat 6 Feb 2010

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Macclesfield boss Keith Alexander has no major concerns ahead of his side's home clash with Shrewsbury.

Alexander will again be without midfield duo Ross Draper and Hamza Bencherif, who remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Draper is nursing a hernia problem and Bencherif suffered a fractured ankle in the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on December 5.

Alexander will also be without left-back Carl Tremarco, who will have a hernia operation next week.

But the Silkmen chief has no other major concerns as his team prepares to face the big-spending Shrews.

He said: "When you look at the size of the squad Shrewsbury have and the crowds they attract, then you'd class them as serious promotion contenders. We know we're in for a tough test."

Shrewsbury still have doubts over captain Graham Coughlan despite his return to full training.

The Town centre-back picked up a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw at Burton in mid-January and although he has now made a full recovery, manager Paul Simpson remains uncertain as to whether he is ready to be thrown back into match action

There are also doubts surrounding the availability of right-back Dean Holden after his hamstring problem was deemed more serious than first thought.

Youngster Danny Taylor, who has stepped in of late, is suffering with a sore throat but should be okay if needed.

Goalkeeper Andres Arestidou (hernia) and striker Jake Simpson (knee) continue to sit out as the Shrews embark on a crucial series of six games that Simpson insists will play a big part in the club`s battle for promotion.

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