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Bury Vs Cheltenham Town, Sat 19 Mar 2011

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Bury boss Alan Knill will again be without defenders Efe Sodje and Phil Picken for the home clash with Cheltenham.

Both men picked up their 10th bookings of the season during last Saturday`s goalless draw at Rotherham and now complete two-match suspensions.

Sodje also has a broken arm but Knill signed Burnley defender Richard Eckersley on loan earlier this week and he made his debut in Tuesday`s 2-1 home defeat to Torquay.

Knill has no other major concerns as his side bid to bounce back from their midweek reverse and reignite their push for automatic promotion.

The Shakers lie second in the table ahead of the Robins` visit and Knill declared: "The players are excellent and do everything I ask them to."

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has a fully-fit squad to select from for the trip, although whether he decides to call upon Martin Riley remains to be seen.

The centre-back is back in full training and has been working hard having spent three weeks on the sidelines with his niggling hamstring injury.

Yet Yates said: "It may just be a little too early for him but we`ll wait and see."

Otherwise, the Robins boss has no concerns as he looks to turn Town`s fortunes around following just one win in 11 games, a sequence which has seen them slip out of the play-off picture.

Right-back Keith Lowe (ankle) returned for last weekend`s 2-1 home defeat against Aldershot and suffered no ill effects, while midfielder David Bird is now also fully over his calf problem.

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