Macclesfield Town Vs Cheltenham Town, Sat 27 Mar 2010

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Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson will be without several players for the home clash with relegation rivals Cheltenham.

Striker Ricky Sappleton will be out for five to six weeks with a knee injury and midfielder Colin Daniel is also sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Left-back Carl Tremarco was taken off after just eight minutes in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Rotherham following the recurrence of a groin problem.

He was replaced by Matt Lowe and although Tremarco's injury is not as serious as originally feared - the defender trained lightly on Thursday - he will not be fit to face the Robins.

Izak Reid is expected to come into contention after an ankle problem, although fellow midfielder Hamza Bencherif (ankle) remains a long-term absentee.

Kiernan Hughes-Mason is available to make his Cheltenham debut at Moss Rose.

The forward, who can play in attack or on the left wing, arrived from Millwall just minutes before the loan window closed on Thursday, with manager Mark Yates also extending the stays of Aaron Lescott and Medy Elito.

However, the Robins boss is only allowed to name five of his seven loanees in any matchday 18, meaning two will be missing out of Hughes-Mason, Lescott, Elito, Ashley Eastham, Matt Thornhill, Danny Andrew and Louis Almond.

Midfielder Scott Brown also signed on non-contract terms but, having been training with the Gloucestershire outfit of late to regain his fitness, it remains to be seen whether he will be thrown straight in or given an extra week to work on his stamina.

Yates boasts a fully-fit squad for the trip to Cheshire, with left-back Josh Low having trained on Thursday after missing last weekend`s 1-1 draw at home to Port Vale with a hamstring injury.M

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