Bury boss Alan Knill is boosted by the return of striker Ryan Lowe for the home clash with Torquay.

The Shakers' leading scorer missed last weekend's 1-0 loss at Lincoln with a sore groin but looks certain to be passed fit.

Young midfielder Sam Hewson, who is on loan from Manchester United, remains sidelined through illness but Knill has no other injury or suspension concerns.

Bury's automatic promotion hopes have ended after a dismal run of form which has seen them take just four points from a possible 24.

A play-off spot is not yet guaranteed and Knill acknowledged his men must go all out for victory.

He said: "The fact we are sixth in the table shows we are one of the better teams in the division."

Torquay could be without the services of Mustapha Carayol.

Carayol, who has been in fine form in recent weeks, suffered a leg injury during last weekend`s 1-0 home win over Macclesfield and faces a race against time to prove his fitness.

If the winger fails to recover, Eunan O`Kane may be handed a starting role.

Michael Poke is expected to retain his place in goal, despite Scott Bevan`s return to fitness.

Manager Paul Buckle is unlikely to make many changes to his line-up as the Gulls seek to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.

Torquay have gone 511 minutes without conceding a goal and are closing in on their club record of 605 minutes.

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