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Gigg Lane (ATT 2,749) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Bury Bury vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Bury 2

T Soares (59)
A Bishop (pen 90+4)

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Crewe 2

M Clayton (28)
B Inman (83)

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Last Updated: 28/03/13 4:30pm

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Tom Soares: Set for surprise return

Tom Soares: Set for surprise return

Team news for Friday's League One clash between Bury and Crewe Alexandra at Gigg Lane.

Tom Soares could hand Bury an unexpected fitness boost by returning to action.

The former Crystal Palace and Stoke midfielder was understood to be facing the remainder of the season on the sidelines after suffering a haematoma - severe bleeding from a hamstring injury sustained in the defeat to Crawley at the start of this month.

News of Soares' possible return hands a much-needed boost to boss Kevin Blackwell, who learned this week that winger Craig Jones will miss the rest of the campaign with torn hamstring and thigh muscles.

Nicky Ajose is in contention to start in Jones' absence, having replaced the 23-year-old after 35 minutes of Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth.

Ajose was one of only four substitutes at Blackwell's disposal against the Cherries and Jones joins Phil Picken (knee), Adam Lockwood (groin) and Shane Byrne (blood infection) among the Shakers' long-term victims.

Nathan Ellington is a major injury doubt for Crewe.

The veteran striker suffered a knee injury during the first half of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat at Crawley and will be assessed.

Mathias Pogba is an option for boss Steve Davis in Ellington's expected absence having returned from international duty with Guinea.

Defender Gregor Robertson was another casualty against the Red Devils and is sidelined with an Achilles problem, with Matt Tootle expected to come in at full-back having come on as a half-time replacement at the Broadfield Stadium.

On-loan Newcastle youngster Brad Inman is back in contention for the first time since injuring his ankle against Hartlepool last month but fellow midfielder and captain Luke Murphy (groin) will miss out.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20