Scott Rendell could make his long-awaited return to the Torquay starting line-up when Crewe visit Plainmoor.

The on-loan Peterborough striker is fit again after suffering a broken forearm towards the end of January and made a late substitute appearance in last weekend's 3-1 win at Darlington.

Rendell was in free-scoring form prior to his injury and will hope to feature from the start against the Alex.

Gulls boss Paul Buckle said: "It's great to have Scott back."

Wayne Carlisle is back in contention following a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Lloyd Macklin has also returned to training following a hamstring injury and will hope to feature in some capacity.

Ashley Barnes will not feature after he returned to parent club Plymouth.

Matt Tootle will be assessed by Crewe.

The academy product was forced off with a dead leg just before half-time in the midweek victory over Grimsby.

He was replaced by Carl Martin, who is unable to deputise as he was subsequently sent off against the Mariners and begins a three-match suspension.

With former captain Billy Jones still out of favour, caretaker boss Dario Gradi could be forced to move Ashley Westwood to left-back.

It would be something Gradi would be reluctant to do after Westwood's influential performances in central midfield and wide on the right in recent weeks. Westwood was again named man of the match against Grimsby, scoring the third goal in the 4-2 win.

Leading scorer Calvin Zola could make his long-awaited return from the hamstring problems that has sidelined him for the past month.

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