Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy is likely to name an unchanged squad for the home clash against Burton.

Striker Paul Mullin is set to retain his place in the starting line-up after a goalscoring return to first-team action in Saturday's 2-0 win over Darlington following his return from a knee injury.

That means Manny Panther is again likely to have to settle for a place on the bench at Christie Park.

But the Shrimps, who have lost just three of their 15 home league games this season, are still without long-term absentees Ian Craney, Henry McStay and Fraser McLachlan.

When the two sides met back in August they played out a seven-goal thriller, with Burton claiming a 5-2 victory at the Pirelli Stadium.

Midfielder Russell Penn is a major doubt for Burton.

Penn was forced off with a knee injury less than five minutes into the second half of Friday night`s home defeat to Crewe.

Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido said: "It was not an impact injury, which is always the scary thing, but Russell twisted his knee so he could be doubtful."

Paul Boertien ended a four-match absence with a dead leg when he was included on the bench against Alex and he is expected to be involved once again. However, it seems likely that fellow defender Richard Jackson will remain sidelined with the calf complaint that has ruled him out since mid-January.

Club captain Darren Stride is still waiting to see a specialist about the groin injury that kept the centre-half on the sidelines so far this year.

Midfielder Michael Simpson is still struggling with a stress fracture in his foot and is at least three weeks away from a return.

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