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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 3,401) 13th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Gillingham Gillingham

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Last Updated: 12/08/11 1:38pm

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Westwood (right): Set for recall

Westwood (right): Set for recall

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Crewe Alexandra and Gillingham at Gresty Road.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi could recall Ashley Westwood and Danny Shelley to the starting line-up.

Both players were among the substitutes for the midweek Carling Cup tie at Preston but will come back into contention to start this weekend.

Gradi has no injury or suspension concerns as his men seek to kick-start their campaign after two successive defeats.

The Railwaymen opened their League Two campaign with a 3-0 reverse at Swindon last weekend before losing 3-2 at Deepdale on Tuesday night.

Yet Gradi could not fault his players' efforts against Phil Brown's side, saying: "We won't face sides as good as that in our league this season I wouldn't have thought."

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler could welcome back striker Dennis Oli.

Oli missed the opening-day victory over Cheltenham and the Carling Cup defeat to Brighton with a virus but he returned to training on Thursday.

The return of Oli would be a timely one for Hessenthaler with Adam Birchall out for the opening few months of the season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Defender Danny Jackman was also absent in midweek due to illness but has recovered and is pushing for a start.

The Gills will be without midfielder Luke Rooney once again as he serves the second of a three-match ban for his dismissal against Cheltenham last weekend.

Centre-half Simon King will miss out after contracting tonsilitis and fellow defender Andy Frampton is a doubt after reporting for training on Thursday suffering from a sore throat.

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1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39