Bury boss Alan Knill will be without defender Efe Sodje for the home clash with rivals Morecambe.

The centre-back collected his 10th booking of the season in Friday`s 1-0 home win over Shrewsbury and now misses the game against Morecambe and Saturday`s trip to Barnet.

Knill will draft Ryan Cresswell into the side as a straight replacement for Sodje and has urged him to seize his opportunity.

Cresswell has been affected by a chest infection which ruled him out of Friday`s game but Knill expects him to be available to take his place in the starting line-up against the Shrimps.

Knill also expects highly-rated midfielder Stephen Dawson to shake off a slight hamstring strain and be passed fit while striker Danny Carlton is edging closer to full fitness after a long-term Achilles injury.

Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy could wield the axe.

McIlroy was left bitterly disappointed with his players following Saturday`s dismal 2-0 defeat at Cheltenham.

The Shrimps boss said: "I was flabbergasted by just how bad we were and I wasn't expecting it to be honest. I have a good set of lads and there are not many times that I have had to have a go at them this season but they let everyone down."

The result ended Morecambe`s return to form after they had won their previous two matches.

Danny Adams returns to the side at left-back at Cheltenham, with Laurence Wilson being pushed forward into a left midfield role, and Mark Duffy dropped to the bench.

McIlroy will now consider changes and has no major fitness concerns, although midfielder Neil Wainwright could remain sidelined due to injury.

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