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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 5,465) 13th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Doncaster Rovers Doncaster

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M Clayton (54)

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B Paynter (66, 70)

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Last Updated: 13/04/13 2:43pm

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Steve Phillips: Struggling to overcome a dead leg

Steve Phillips: Struggling to overcome a dead leg

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crewe and Doncaster at Gresty Road.

Goalkeeper Steve Phillips is a major doubt as Crewe prepare to host the League One leaders.

Phillips suffered a dead leg during the first half of Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat at Brentford and was replaced by Alan Martin, who is ready to deputise once more.

Skipper Luke Murphy came off after an hour against the Bees as he continues to nurse the after-effects of a groin injury and will be assessed ahead of kick-off, along with full-back Kelvin Mellor (toe).

Murphy's central midfield partner Abdul Osman must begin a two-match suspension having collected 10 bookings this season.

Chuks Aneke returned to the bench having started last weekend's 2-0 triumph over Southend at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and the on-loan Arsenal attacking midfielder will push for a place in the first XI once more.

Defender Adam Dugdale remains absent on compassionate leave, while top scorer Mathias Pogba (thigh) is out for the remainder of the campaign.

Doncaster have problems at right-back as they face Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners Crewe.

Andy Griffin is nursing a sore lower back and upper thigh following the 2-0 home defeat to Carlisle on Tuesday night and is rated at 50/50 to make this game.

And with Paul Quinn unlikely to play again this season due to injury, Rovers boss Brian Flynn could be forced to field a makeshift full-back against the Alex.

Left-back James Husband, centre-half Liam Wakefield and winger James Coppinger are options for Flynn should Griffin miss out.

It would be a first change to the starting line-up in four matches.

Dave Syers is still struggling with an ankle injury but he will be checked, while fellow midfielders Martin Woods (calf) and Paul Keegan (thigh) may not recover in time to feature again this term.

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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