Captain Steven Schumacher could return to Bury's starting line-up when they host Exeter.

The midfielder was an unused substitute in the Shakers' last match, a 3-1 win over Yeovil, after missing seven weeks with a calf problem.

Schumacher admitted that he is still not fully fit but will be hoping that a full week's training will convince manager Richie Barker to give him the nod.

Shane Byrne is also in contention for a place in midfield after extending his loan spell at Gigg Lane by another month.

Defender Mark Hughes was back in full training this week after recovering from a hamstring problem and could make the squad.

Striker David Amoo is likely to retain his place in the first XI after rewarding Barker's faith in him with a goal in the win over the Glovers.

Richard Duffy has been ruled out for Exeter after rolling his ankle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Swindon in midweek.

Defender Duffy was withdrawn after half an hour of the 2-1 home loss and is likely to be out for up to two weeks.

There will be further selection difficulties at the back for Grecians manager Paul Tisdale, with Troy Archibald-Henville due to serve a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards over the course of the season so far.

On-loan midfielder Jake Taylor will also be missing for Exeter. The Reading starlet is on Wales Under-21s duty.

Tisdale is likely to restore midfielders Matt Oakley and David Noble to the starting line-up after the pair were rested for the midweek match, and the City boss will keep faith with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak despite the Pole's gaffe which gifted Swindon their second goal on Tuesday night.

Striker John O'Flynn is making steady progress in his recovery from an ankle injury and will take a spot on the bench, while midfielder Liam Sercombe could feature. Tisdale described the 21-year-old as "available but rusty".

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