Rob Purdie is set to miss Hereford`s New Year's Day clash at home to Torquay.

The lively winger lasted just 29 minutes of the 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Wycombe before being forced off with an injury to his hamstring which had been feeling tight in the days before the encounter.

Manager Jamie Pitman will assess the availability of defender Sam Gwynne, who has missed out of late with a similar problem, as the Bulls desperately go in search of their first home league victory of the season.

Full-back Ryan Green definitely returns into contention having finally completed his three-match suspension for the red card at Shrewsbury in November, with the raft of postponements only proving to prolong his stay on the sidelines.

Defender Joe Heath has extended his loan stay from Exeter by another month and is likely to keep his place in the back four.

Torquay have a clean bill of health for their visit to the bottom of the table Bulls.

The Gulls have been out of action since December 11, where they lost to high-flyers Chesterfield.

The three-week absence means the United squad are raring to go, according to manager Paul Buckle, whose team could go into the top six with victory.

"We need to get refocused on the job in hand, which is staying in the play-offs," said Buckle in the Herald Express.

"Everybody here is looking forward to playing a match again. The players can't wait."

Buckle said he had concerns over his player's sharpness ahead of the trip to Edgar Street, but could name an unchanged side from the one that lost at Chesterfield.

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