Hereford United Vs Bury, Sat 5 Mar 2011

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Boss Jamie Pitman has a fully-fit squad at his disposal as Hereford prepare to entertain high-flying Bury.

On-loan midfielder Harry Pell has this week extended his stay from Bristol Rovers for another month and will keep his place in Pitman`s XI.

The Bulls manager made one change for last weekend`s 2-0 win at Oxford - returning skipper Janos Kovacs taking his place at the heart of defence alongside Michael Townsend.

That pushed Richard Rose into midfield and saw Rob Purdie drop out, and that is again how Pitman could well opt to line up against a Shakers side he watched beat Shrewsbury 3-0 in midweek.

Long-term absentees Dan Connor and Ryan Valentine (both hip) are starting to make good progress and may be involved in around a month to six weeks.

Assistant manager and goalkeeping coach Russell Hoult was named on the bench at the Kassam Stadium and will again provide back-up to Adam Bartlett.

Bury boss Alan Knill will assess midfielder Michael Jones ahead of the trip.

Jones missed Tuesday`s 3-0 win at Shrewsbury through illness and will be assessed closer to kick-off.

Defender Ben Futcher remains sidelined through hamstring problems and it could be another week before he resumes full training.

The third-placed Shakers have no other injury or suspension concerns as they bid to maintain their push for automatic promotion.

In-form striker Ryan Lowe broke a 53-year-old club record by scoring in his eighth successive league game during Tuesday`s thumping win against the Shrews.

Yet Lowe insists the success of the team comes first and admitted: "I would probably swap it all for promotion at the end of the season."

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Russell Hoult
Ryan Valentine
Harry Pell
Ryan Lowe
Ben Futcher
Janos Kovacs
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Adam Bartlett
Michael Jones
Michael Townsend
Richard Rose

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