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

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Tranmere 2

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

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Portsmth 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

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