Shrewsbury begin life without manager Paul Simpson when they host Morecambe.

Simpson, who led the club to the play-off final last season, had his contract terminated with immediate effect having failed to mount a serious challenge for the play-offs this time around.

With the club looking towards the future, three loanees, goalkeeper David Button, defender Joe Skarz and striker Jamie Cureton, could miss out to give players closer to home such as Chris Neal and Harry Hooman a chance.

Midfielder Craig Disley (broken ankle), captain Graham Coughlan (thigh) and striker Jake Robinson (ligament damage) are back in training but will probably not figure again this term.

Striker Nathan Elder (knee) also remains sidelined.

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Stewart Drummond.

The former Shrews skipper underwent an operation on Monday night after fracturing and dislocating his thumb in last weekend's 1-0 win over Dagenham.

McIlroy is hoping to be able to welcome back top scorer Phil Jevons and defender Laurence Wilson who missed the win against the Daggers.

Mark Duffy should also be fit after being forced to leave the field with a dead leg last weekend.

Last weekend's victory over Dagenham took the Shrimps to the edge of the play-off zone with two games of the season remaining.

McIlroy said: "The lads have done fantastic for little Morecambe to be amongst the big boys."

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