Bury Vs Stevenage, Sat 18 Dec 2010

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Bury boss Alan Knill looks set to have defender Phil Picken available for the home clash with Stevenage.

Picken missed last week`s defeat at Wycombe with an ankle injury but is expected to be available again on Saturday.

Young midfielder Max Harrop is suspended while Cameron Belford and Andy Bishop are still not match fit after long-term injuries.

Goalkeeper Belford is back in training and expected to play for the reserves next week while striker Bishop is set to return by mid-January.

Knill, meanwhile, is hoping to keep hold of on-loan duo Tom Lees and Nicky Ajose at Gigg Lane beyond January.

The youngsters, on loan from Leeds and Manchester United respectively, have been an integral part of the Shakers team that have established themselves as serious promotion contenders.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley is without suspended duo Darius Charles and Michael Bostwick.

Defender Charles was dismissed in the 1-0 defeat to Northampton and will start his three-match suspension while midfielder Bostwick, who was carrying a knock, is also unavailable after collecting his fifth booking of the season at Sixfields and serves a one-game ban.

Joel Byrom could be included in the squad after returning from injury and scoring for the reserves in their 4-0 Herts' Senior Cup win over Hemel Hempstead Town.

Strikers Terry Dixon and Chris Beardsley and midfielder Stacy Long all staked their claims for a first-team starting place after scoring in the reserves' victory and striker Yemi Odubabe is hoping for a promotion from the bench after impressing following his introduction against the Cobblers.

Striker Lee Boylan is hoping be back in action in the new year following a torn calf and midfielder Darren Murphy has begun jogging and strengthening his ankle and is also expected to be back in January.

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