Barnet will be without Mark Hughes through suspension when they host Crewe.

The Irish midfielder starts a two-match ban after he was booked for the 10th time this season during last weekend's 4-1 win over Burton so Tommy Fraser could return to the starting line-up.

Southampton loanee Anthony Pulis is expected to miss out again with an Achilles injury while defenders Anwar Uddin (ankle) and Darren Dennehy, forward Ricky Holmes (both foot) and goalkeeper Jake Cole (knee) are still missing.

Jude Stirling was initially ruled out for three weeks with a calf strain prior to the Burton game but was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI and came through unscathed alongside Daniel Leach, who played his first game in six months after a foot injury.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi could name an unchanged team.

Gradi saw his side demolish Cheltenham 8-1 at Gresty Road last weekend.

However, Luke Murphy should be fit again after missing that game due to a groin problem and the midfielder will hope to force his way back into the starting line-up.

Ajay Leitch-Smith had hoped to return from the hamstring injury that has ruled him out of the last two matches but the striker appears to be losing his battle to be fit.

Crewe are six points adrift of the play-off with six games remaining and Gradi believes his side can still claim a coveted top-seven spot.

"We`ve got to keep going. Barnet will be as hard a game as we've got left and if we beat them, obviously we'll think we've got a great chance. We won't give up until it's mathematically impossible," said Gradi. "We've been talking about blooding some of the younger players but we won't put them in while we've still got a chance of promotion."

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