Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy will be without striker James Spencer for the home clash with Torquay.

Spencer saw red for violent conduct during last weekend's 3-1 win at Shrewsbury and now begins a three-match ban.

Striker Phil Jevons is rated doubtful to face the Gulls as he battles to shake off a hamstring strain.

Defender Paul Scott remains sidelined after a knee operation, but defender Will Haining should come back into contention after recovering from injury.

McIlroy has revealed he almost quit the club after his side's 3-1 defeat at Torquay earlier in the season.

He said: "Everything seemed to go against us and after we ended the game with nine men I was at a real low. I seriously thought about calling it a day."

Torquay manager Paul Buckle has no injuries or suspensions to contend with.

Defender Guy Branston played 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Crewe following his return from a hamstring injury and should continue.

With Buckle confirmed in his job after the appointment of Dave Penney at Bristol Rovers where he was strongly linked, the Gulls are likely to stick with the same side which overcame the Railwaymen and recorded an impressive win over Carlisle in the FA Cup third round.

That means that midfielder Danny Stevens will keep on-loan Wolves man Ashley Hemmings on the sidelines.

Striker Chris Zebroski scored what turned out to be the winning goal against Crewe and will look to add to his seven league goals if the Gulls are to move into a play-off place.

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