Portsmouth v Morecambe preview
Last Updated: August 16, 2013 12:29pm
Marcos Painter: Set to make his debut
Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Morecambe at Fratton Park.
Marcos Painter is set to make his Pompey debut this weekend.
The defender, who this week signed for Pompey on a free transfer after leaving Brighton earlier this summer, is expected to replace Danny East at left-back.
East could move into his preferred position in midfield, where skipper Johnny Ertl is still absent as he completes a three-match ban following his opening-day red card.
Boss Guy Whittingham is otherwise likely to stick with the side which earned Pompey's first point of the season in a 2-2 draw at Accrington last Saturday.
The Shrimps could see the return of four players from injury when they make the trip South East.
Chris McGready and Marcus Marshall just missed out on last week's home draw with Torquay while Kevin Ellison was a little behind in his expected recovery time.
Defender Robbie Threlfall may also come into contention as he recovers from a thigh injury but last year's top scorer Jack Redshaw continues to be a long-term absentee with a hip problem.
The Shrimps make the long journey south to play Pompey for the first time in league history and both teams will be keen to kickstart their season with a first three points.
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 17th Aug
Bury3 - 0Accrington
Cheltenham1 - 3Plymouth
Exeter2 - 0AFC W'don
Fleetwood2 - 3Burton Alb
Newport1 - 0Bristol R
Portsmouth3 - 0Morecambe
Rochdale2 - 2Chesterfld
Scunthorpe1 - 1Dag + Red
Southend2 - 0Northamptn
Torquay1 - 3Oxford Utd
Wycombe0 - 1Mansfield
York City0 - 0Hartlepool
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