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Mamady Sidibe: Suffered recurrence of hamstring problem

Mamady Sidibe: Suffered recurrence of hamstring problem

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

Rovers will be without on-loan Stoke striker Mamady Sidibe when they host the league strugglers.

Sidibe made an ahead-of-schedule return from a hamstring problem to face Yeovil last week but suffered a recurrence of the injury.

Earlier in the week, manager Ronnie Moore was optimistic over the 33-year-old's prospects but now accepts he is facing a further fortnight on the sidelines.

Playmaker Andy Robinson remains out with a similar complaint, alongside winger Adam McGurk (collapsed lung).

Moore told Tranmere Player: "Sidibe won't play, he'll be a fortnight away.

"Robbo and Adam are three weeks away. So we're a little bit short but it's an opportunity for other lads."

One player to be handed that opportunity of late is Abdulai Bell-Baggie, and the former Rotherham winger will hope for a third consecutive start after putting pen to paper on a new contract at the club this week.

Latics caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk expects to have Lee Barnard back in contention for this weekend's encounter.

Barnard missed last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United after sustaining a hamstring strain during his side's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Everton but the on-loan Southampton forward returned to full training on Thursday.

Experienced defender Cliff Byrne remains sidelined due to an ankle problem and will have a pain-killing injection, with an eye on him being involved against Bournemouth on Saturday week.

Winger Cristian Montano returned for the reserves this week and is expected to do further work on building his fitness having been sidelined since suffering a torn thigh muscle against Scunthorpe on New Year's Day.

Montano's fellow wideman Youssouf M'Changama is out for the season due to medial knee ligament damage and is undergoing rehabilitation in his native France.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 38 83
2 Preston North End 37 73
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 38 61
6 Peterborough United 38 56
7 Barnsley 38 55
8 Rochdale 37 53
9 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 52
11 Oldham Athletic 38 52
12 Chesterfield 37 51
13 Bradford City 36 51
14 Gillingham 38 48
15 Port Vale 38 48
16 Walsall 37 46
17 Coventry City 38 43
18 Scunthorpe United 37 43
19 Crawley Town 38 43
20 Notts County 37 42
21 Crewe Alexandra 38 42
22 Leyton Orient 37 39
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 38 33