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Gigg Lane (ATT 4,337) 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

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Last Updated: 05/08/13 4:11pm

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Phil Picken: Set for another long spell on the sidelines

Phil Picken: Set for another long spell on the sidelines

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Bury and Chesterfield at Gigg Lane.

The hosts will kick off their campaign with a new-look side, their squad having been revamped this summer with 17 fresh faces coming in through the door at Gigg Lane.

And Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell is hoping to push that number up to 19 before this weekend's encounter, revealing he is close to signing Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Danny Mayor and another unnamed player.

Defender Phil Picken will not be available, though, after sustaining another knee injury which is likely to force him to miss a second successive season.

Central defenders Liam Cooper and Ian Evatt will miss the season opener at Bury.

Cooper has a side strain and summer signing Evatt, who will replace the former as captain when he is fully fit, is still short of match fitness following a lengthy absence with a knee injury.

Sam Hird along with new recruits Ryan Edwards and Matty Brown are in contention to fill the centre-back void.

Jimmy Ryan is struggling with a calf injury sustained in Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw with Sheffield Wednesday but fellow midfielders Sam Morsy (ankle) and Jay O'Shea (illness) are expected to be fit.

Left-back Nathan Smith is continuing to work his way back to fitness following an ankle injury.

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2 Shrewsbury Town 32 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 59
4 Luton Town 32 55
5 Southend United 32 54
6 Plymouth Argyle 32 52
7 Bury 32 52
8 Newport County AFC 32 50
9 Stevenage 32 48
10 AFC Wimbledon 32 45
11 Northampton Town 32 44
12 Morecambe 32 44
13 Portsmouth 32 43
14 Exeter City 33 43
15 Accrington Stanley 32 43
16 Cambridge United 32 38
17 Oxford United 32 37
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 37
19 Mansfield Town 32 35
20 Tranmere Rovers 32 34
21 Carlisle United 32 33
22 York City 32 32
23 Cheltenham Town 32 31
24 Hartlepool United 32 24