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Deepdale (ATT 17,281) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Tierney

Preston Preston North End vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Preston 2

G Alexander (pen 37)
D Mayor (71)
P Parry (S/O 75)

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Tranmere 1

J Baxter (60)

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Last Updated: 23/09/11 11:39am

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Donaldson: Faces legthy spell out

Donaldson: Faces legthy spell out

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Tranmere at Deepdale.

Manager Phil Brown has a near full-strength side to choose from when North End host Rovers.

David Gray returned to action for the first time since suffering a broken leg in March during North End's 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the third round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

The full-back played the first half before being withdrawn as a precaution, while fellow defender Steven Smith returned to the fold after recovering from a troublesome calf injury that sidelined him for over a month.

Preston's only worry is goalkeeper Iain Turner, who is continuing his recovery from a foot injury sustained against Yeovil earlier this month.

Brown made wholesale changes in their defeat to Saints and is likely to recall his star players following an impressive display in the 3-1 win at Brentford last Saturday.

Tranmere have been dealt a blow ahead of their trip with the news that Ryan Donaldson will miss the remainder of his loan spell with a hamstring injury.

The attacking midfielder, who joined on a one-month deal from Newcastle last week, was forced off just 27 minutes into his Rovers debut against Wycombe after suffering a grade two tear.

Manager Les Parry confirmed that Donaldson is likely to be out of action for at least six weeks but he told the club's official website: "I've had a chat with him and hopefully we'll get him back when he's right."

Defender Ian Goodison is also a doubt with a small superficial tear on one of his stomach muscles although Parry is hopeful of including the Jamaica international in his squad.

Winger Martin Devaney and playmaker Andy Robinson are set to feature after overcoming their respective hamstring injuries to train in the latter half of this week.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24