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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The full-back played the first half before being withdrawn as a precaution, while fellow defender Steven Smith returned to the fold after recovering from a troublesome calf injury that sidelined him for over a month.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 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40