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The Memorial Stadium 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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Last Updated: 20/09/13 3:19pm

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Ryan Brunt: Out with an ankle inury

Ryan Brunt: Out with an ankle inury

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Hartlepool at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers striker Ryan Brunt will miss the visit of Hartlepool this weekend as the Pirates look to get back to winning ways.

The former Stoke forward missed the defeat to Dagenham with an ankle injury and is targeting next weekend's clash with Southend for a return to action.

Boss John Ward, looking to end a run of two successive defeats in their first home match since August, gave Elliot Richards the nod over David Clarkson against the Daggers last weekend and the forward will hope to keep his place.

Meanwhile Seanan Clucas is set to play in a Gloucester Cup game as he ups his comeback from injury.

Hartlepool trio Neil Austin, Matty Dolan and Andy Monkhouse are all expected to shake off knocks in time to face Bristol Rovers.

Defender Austin was forced out of last week's home win over Accrington with a hamstring strain, while Dolan (ankle) and fellow midfielder Monkhouse (groin) were also substituted in the second half as a precaution.

But all three are expected to be back in contention after resuming full training this week and boss Colin Cooper could also be boosted by the return to contention of midfielder Antony Sweeney.

Sweeney, sidelined for the last six matches, had recovered from a torn calf muscle last week, but illness ruled him out of a comeback against Accrington.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18