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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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1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24