Plymouth Argyle Vs Bristol City, Tue 16 Mar 2010

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Injury-hit Plymouth are set to be boosted by the timely return of central defender Reda Johnson for the Championship clash at home to Bristol City.

The Benin international has recovered from the groin injury which has ruled him out for three matches since the 4-2 defeat at Sheffield United at the end of February.

With on-loan Burnley full-back Richard Eckersley (groin) set to miss out and centre-back Kari Arnason (calf) a doubt, Johnson's return will be a welcome boost to head coach Paul Mariner.

Defender Gary Sawyer, who replaced Eckersley at left-back after 57 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Coventry, is expected to recover from a shin injury.

But winger Craig Noone (ankle/shin) remains an injury doubt after missing Saturday's draw and last Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at QPR.

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson will shuffle his pack after on-loan striker Chris Iwelumo returned to parent club Wolves.

Johnson had looked to extend the 31-year-old's stay at Ashton Gate following his final appearance in Saturday's defeat to Reading but after talks between the club, it was decided the player would return to Molineux.

Johnson has also been linked with a loan move for Wolves striker Stefan Maierhofer but whether something happens in time remains to be seen.

That means Danny Haynes - who replaced Iwelumo as a 46th-minute substitute on Saturday - could come into the starting XI while John Akinde is also staking a claim.

Defender Liam Fontaine was brought off as a precaution after he picked up a knock, although he should continue despite Jamie McAllister's return to fitness.

Evander Sno, Jamie McCombe and Marvin Elliot remain long-term absentees.

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Gary Sawyer
Queens Park Rangers
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Craig Noone
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