Hereford begin life without Mathieu Manset as they welcome Morecambe to Edgar Street.

The French striker has been the Bulls` talisman this season with a total of 13 goals, including seven in his last eight games, but the advances of Championship side Reading proved too strong and a deal was agreed on Friday night.

Mathieu would have missed Saturday`s trip to Accrington had the game not been postponed due a frozen pitch and manager Jamie Pitman now faces up to his first game without the influential striker against Sammy McIlroy`s Morecambe.

Birmingham striker Jake Jervis, who scored twice in seven loan appearances for Hereford last season, has been brought in on a month`s loan as cover and will likely partner Stuart Fleetwood in attack.

Otherwise, Pitman has the same set of players available as he did for the weekend clash at the Crown Ground.

Full-back Ryan Green returns from a two-match suspension but faces a battle for his shirt as Pitman looks to mastermind Hereford`s unbeaten sequence to five games.

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy could hand striker Phil Jevons a start.

The club's top scorer made his first appearance in over a month following a hamstring injury in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Stevenage, entering as a 54th-minute substitute and after coming through unscathed, he will be pushing for a starting place.

On-loan Huddersfield forward James Spencer remains unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension for his sending off in the 3-1 win at Shrewsbury on January 8.

Neil Wainwright came in to replace Mark Duffy, who left for Scunthorpe last week, on the right-hand side of midfield against Boro and he is set to retain his place, but McIlroy admits he is keen to replace Duffy.

He told the club's official website: "I have been speaking to players and we are hoping to bring in at least one new face to cover for Mark Duffy's departure. It's always a busy time of year and a lot of phone calls do go on but we have a couple of targets."

Defender Paul Scott continues to be absent as he recovers from a knee operation.

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