Cheltenham Town Vs Burton Albion, Tue 9 Feb 2010

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Cheltenham will wait and see whether Ashley Eastham is available for the home clash against Burton.

The on-loan defender missed Saturday's goalless draw at Bournemouth due to a family bereavement and manager Mark Yates will give the 18-year-old as much time as necessary before making his return.

Midfielder Matt Thornhill also missed the clash at Dean Court having sustained a slight hamstring problem in training and although he will miss out against Albion, he is hoping to return for Saturday's trip to Barnet.

Julian Alsop (Achilles) should be okay to face the Brewers, though, while Lee Ridley (calf) and Marley Watkins (ankle) will also hope to make Yates' matchday 18 following their recent comebacks.

David Bird can again expect to start at right-back having been given the nod against the Cherries following David Pipe's departure.

Burton have injury concerns over defensive duo Richard Jackson and Paul Boertien for the trip.

Jackson and Boertien remain doubtful as they continue to battle against a calf problem and a dead leg respectively.

Manager Paul Peschisolido will again be without the services of Darren Stride, who has yet to feature in 2010 due to a groin problem.

The club captain has seen a specialist about the injury and the Brewers are now awaiting the results before they can assess the extent of the damage.

Midfielder Michael Simpson is still struggling with a stress fracture in his foot and is at least three weeks away from a return.

The Brewers are unbeaten in four league games following Saturday's 1-0 win over Port Vale.

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