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Prenton Park (ATT 5,591) 8th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Webb

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Portsmouth Portsmouth

Tranmere 2

A Taylor (31)
M O'Halloran (74)

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Portsmouth 2

G Gyepes (50)
J Jervis (75)

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Last Updated: 07/12/12 3:08pm

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Wallace: Knee injury

Wallace: Knee injury

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Tranmere and Portsmouth at Prenton Park.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore must contend with a host of injury problems.

Captain James Wallace joined the walking wounded during last weekend's FA Cup second-round triumph over Chesterfield when he suffered medial ligament damage.

Max Power is pushing for a start in midfield in his place, while on-loan Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Palmer's return further eases the burden in that area.

On-loan Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson is a doubt due to a muscular strain, meaning Ash Taylor could come in to partner veteran Ian Goodison at centre-back.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (broken metatarsal) and Abdulai Bell-Baggie (knee) remain on the sidelines, but top scorer Jake Cassidy is eligible once more after parent club Wolves ruled him out of cup action last week.

A run of two points from a possible nine mean Rovers only retain the top spot they have held since the opening weeks of the season by virtue of goal difference from Doncaster.

Simon Eastwood is set to start in goal for Portsmouth.

Eastwood will make his first appearance in a month after Alex Cisak, who played in the 1-1 draw with Coventry a fortnight ago, was recalled early from his loan spell by parent club Oldham.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has a fully-fit squad after Lee Williamson and Mustapha Dumbuya shook off injuries.

Midfielder Williamson had been struggling with a calf problem and full-back Dumbuya suffered a knee injury at Coventry but both have trained this week without any problems.

Gabor Gyepes sat out against the Sky Blues after suffering heart palpitations but the Hungarian defender has been given the all-clear by doctors and is also available to Whittingham.

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Sky Bet League 1

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1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 93
2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
4 Rotherham United 42 79
5 Preston North End 42 79
6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 42 60
8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
10 Walsall 42 56
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
15 Coventry City 42 49
16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39