Hereford will be without James McQuilkin and Stuart Fleetwood for their home clash with neighbours Cheltenham.

McQuilkin`s absence comes as a big blow to the Bulls with the midfielder`s form of late coinciding with the club`s upturn in fortunes and a six-match unbeaten run.

Caretaker boss Jamie Pitman now will be without his services for a couple of weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained during last weekend`s emphatic FA Cup win over Hythe Town.

Forward Stuart Fleetwood picked up his fifth booking of the season in the victory at Edgar Street and will also miss out against the Robins as he now serves an automatic one-match suspension.

The pair join centre-back Janos Kovacs, striker Guillem Bauza and goalkeeper Dan Connor in the stands.

Kovacs is looking at four to six weeks before he returns from his shoulder injury, Bauza could be back in action as early as next weekend as he works his way back from a groin problem but Connor (hip) will not play again until spring time.

Skipper Michael Pook is Mark Yates` only absentee as Cheltenham make the short trip to Hereford.

The midfielder has been sidelined with a calf injury since mid-October`s 3-1 defeat at Bradford and although it is hoped he returns to training ahead of Saturday`s encounter, he is not expected to be match-ready for another 10 days or so.

Otherwise, Yates has a full-strength squad at his disposal and could well name an unchanged XI for the fourth successive match after seeing his side triumph over Accrington and Morecambe, while also leading 1-0 against Southend and playing well before the game was abandoned.

Striker Wes Thomas has another week under his belt after making his return from a thigh injury as an unused substitute during last weekend`s 1-0 FA Cup triumph over the Shrimps.

He could well get some game-time at Edgar Street this time out as the Robins look to build on their early-season success against their struggling neighbours, who are yet to win at home in the league this term but has been revitalised under caretaker manager Jamie Pitman.

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