Bury boss Alan Knill will assess the fitness of David Buchanan and Stephen Dawson ahead of the home clash with Shrewsbury.

Defender Buchanan has missed the Shakers' last three games due to a slight ligament tear.

He will be assessed along with highly-rated midfielder Dawson, who was substituted in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Chesterfield due to a tight hamstring.

Striker Danny Carlton remains sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury but is expected to be back in contention in around a fortnight's time.

Knill has no other major concerns and he has backed his promotion-chasing side to bounce back from their defeat at Chesterfield last weekend.

The Shakers chief said: "Three losses in 23 games is nothing to panic about."

Jamie Cureton is in line for his Shrewsbury debut as Paul Simpson takes a full-strength squad to Gigg Lane for a crucial promotion showdown.

The Norwich striker this week signed a loan deal with Town until the end of the season and could well start up front alongside Dave Hibbert.

But that would mean Simpson tinkering with an unchanged side that has won its last three games on the spin to climb up to fifth in the League Two table.

Cureton played just under an hour for the reserves on Wednesday, scoring in their 3-0 win at Burton.

Right-back Dean Holden and striker Jake Simpson also got valuable match practice under their belts at the Pirelli Stadium following their recent returns from respective hamstring and knee injuries. Recent signing Benjamin Van Den Broek was also handed a run-out.

Shrews saw off Bury on penalties at Gigg Lane last season in a memorable play-off semi-final victory, and they will be looking to triumph again this time around knowing victory would see them leapfrog their Lancashire opponents, possibly into the automatic promotion places.

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