Torquay will be without striker Rene Howe for the meeting with leaders Morecambe.

Howe was sent off in the 2-0 defeat by Shrewsbury last time out, meaning he has to sit out the clash with the League Two high-flyers.

Otherwise, the Gulls have a full complement of players to choose from.

The club have offered new deals to Kevin Nicholson, Chris Robertson and Lee Mansell, and manager Martin Ling is hopeful of getting their signatures shortly.

"The initial contract has been positive in all departments," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"I don't foresee any problems. But you never know until you get to the nitty gritty of finances and alike to see if players really want to commit."

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is hoping several of his sidelined players will return.

The Shrimps are unbeaten on their travels in the league this season, winning four of their five away games.

But they have been hindered by a spate of injuries and missed the chance to go three points clear after last week's defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Bentley's squad has been stretched to the limit in recent weeks with injuries to captain Will Haining, midfielder Gary McDonald, strikers Phil Jevons and Lewis Alessandra, as well as long-term absentee Paul Scott.

Defender Scott is recovering from knee surgery and will definitely miss out but the other four are nursing less serious knocks.

Haining is considered the most likely to feature against the Gulls while the other three are all doubtful.

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