Bury boss Alan Knill will be without midfielder Steven Schumacher for the home clash with Hereford.

The Shakers captain was sent off against Crewe on his return to Gresty Road last weekend as Knill's men slumped to a 3-0 defeat.

Knill, who has no injury concerns, will now hand a first start to Frenchman Damien Mozika, who was playing football in Iran before joining Bury in the summer.

Knill said of the 23-year-old former Chester midfielder: "He's big, strong and athletic. Damien did well for Chester but moved on after all the financial problems they had.

"He ended up playing in Iran, which shows his character and desire to play football. He's at a good age to work with and is only going to get better."

Hereford are again likely to be without captain Janos Kovacs for the clash.

The influential Hungarian centre-back was ruled out of Saturday`s disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Oxford with a knee injury and is almost certain to miss out at Gigg Lane.

Fellow defender Michael Townsend, who also sat out against the U`s, has received an injection in his troublesome knee and returned to training on Tuesday, although the encounter could come too soon for him and a late decision will be made on his availability.

Goalkeeper Dan Connor (hip) is not expected to return in time, meaning manager Simon Davey will again go with Tom Whittaker on the bench.

The Bulls are on a dreadful run of form having not won since the opening day - the last time they even scored their only goal of the season to date.

Midfielder James McQuilkin found the net for the reserves in midweek and he may be drafted into Davey`s starting XI in an attempt to try and reverse the club`s four-match losing streak.

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