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Burton Albion Vs Gillingham, Sat 19 Mar 2011

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Burton boss Paul Peschisolido will hope to have John McGrath available for the visit of Gillingham.

The midfielder pulled out of the squad at Accrington in midweek after failing to make the recovery from a stomach bug that Peschisolido had anticipated.

"We missed John McGrath on Saturday at Stockport and we missed him just as much at Accrington because he is one of those players we talk about with the right attitude," said the Canadian.

"When all else goes wrong and when your passing and dribbling isn't good, there's no excuse for not running around, showing effort and closing down. John will do that and I can't wait to have him back in the side."

Peschisolido could make changes after describing the performance in the defeat at Accrington as "lacklustre" and "desperate".

On-loan Aston Villa youngster Jack Dyer could be given his full debut, while fellow midfielder Jimmy Phillips, defender Darren Moore and striker Greg Pearson are also available for recalls.

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler has an injury doubt over John Nutter for the trip.

The left-back suffered a thigh strain during the second half of last weekend's 3-1 win over Accrington and will be assessed before the trip, although ready-made replacement Joe Martin is fit and available to deputise if necessary.

Fellow defender Tony Sinclair is also doubtful with a slight ankle problem, while Danny Jackman could miss out after suffering a similar injury in a reserve outing against Brighton in midweek.

Josh Gowling, along with midfielder Luke Rooney and Andy White, came through the second-string fixture unscathed with various amounts of game time under their belts, and all three could be in the squad to face the Brewers.

Striker Dennis Oli is pushing for a starting role after a number of substitute appearances over recent weeks, although Adebayo Akinfenwa and Cody McDonald look set to resume their partnership in attack.

The Gills are currently on an 11-match unbeaten run.

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