Morecambe Vs Crewe Alexandra, Fri 2 Apr 2010

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Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy will check on the fitness of Simon Hackney ahead of the home clash with Crewe.

The on-loan Colchester winger sustained a back injury in last weekend's 2-0 victory over Torquay on Saturday.

Neil Wainwright and Wayne Curtis are possible replacements for the former Carlisle player.

Defender Will Haining is also likely to be missing with a groin injury that reduced him to the sidelines against Torquay, so Dave Artell looks set to deputise again.

Striker Aaron Taylor, defender Henry McStay and midfielder Ian Craney remain long-term absentees but McIlroy has no other major concerns.

The Shrimps are currently five points adrift of seventh spot with eight matches remaining as they bid to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Matt Tootle will be available after making a swift recovery from an ankle injury.

The left-back looked unlikely to feature after being forced off in the closing stages of last weekend`s win at Port Vale, but it was not a recurrence of the problem that forced him to miss a couple of games in early February and he resumed training on Tuesday.

Shaun Miller also had to come off at Vale Park but the striker had nothing more serious than cramp and will be involved.

Boss Dario Gradi could be boosted by the return of leading scorer Calvin Zola. Hamstring and ankle injuries have restricted the 16-goal striker to just one substitute appearance in the last 10 matches.

Centre-half Carl Martin is available again after suspension but Ashley Westwood serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Defender Chris Stokes (hamstring) and midfielder Simon Walton (rib) remain in the sidelines.

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Aaron Taylor
Colchester United
Crewe Alexandra
Ashley Westwood
Neil Wainwright
Simon Hackney
Wayne Curtis
Shaun Miller
Ashley Westwood
Port Vale
Henry McStay
Will Haining
Calvin Zola
Matt Tootle
Carlisle United
League Two
Simon Walton
Ian Craney
Sammy McIlroy
Ashley Westwood

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