Mark Yates has received a triple defensive boost ahead of Cheltenham`s home clash against Morecambe.

Centre-back Ashley Eastham returns to the fray after missing out of late due to family reasons, while left-back Danny Andrew is also available after suspension.

Central defender Michael Townsend sustained a slight pelvic problem in training prior to last weekend`s 1-1 draw at Barnet but he came through the encounter and has not suffered a reaction this week.

Eastham will now compete with Townsend and Andy Gallinagh for a place in the middle of defence while Andrew will be looking to displace Lee Ridley from the full-back slot.

Shane Duff has trained with the squad all week as he looks to put his lengthy Achilles problems behind him, with Cheltenham hopeful of finding him a reserve game at some point in the next two weeks.

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy looks set to name an unchanged side.

The Shrimps beat Burton 3-2 at home on Tuesday and McIlroy is unlikely to make any alterations to his starting line-up.

Midfielder Neil Wainwright is still injured after missing the game in midweek but may be fit enough to make the bench.

Morecambe have no other injury problems or suspensions and McIlroy is looking for them to build on their win against the Brewers.

The Shrimps are back in play-off contention after two successive victories and McIlroy said: "We had a bit of a bad run lately but two wins in a row puts us back among the chasing teams again and gives us a real platform to build on."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Topics:
#Neil Wainwright
#Ashley Eastham
#Shane Duff
#Danny Andrew
#Lee Ridley
#Andy Gallinagh
#Cheltenham Town
#League Two
#Morecambe
#Sammy McIlroy
#Barnet
#Michael Townsend
Flag article