Tranmere v Swansea preview
By Adam Marshall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
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Tranmere Rovers boss Brian Little and Swansea City chief Brian Flynn pit their considerable wits against each other in an intriguing FA Cup fifth round clash on Saturday.
The prize is a fabulous one for the victors and Little has already admitted he fears Flynn's reputation for pulling off cup shocks, garnered during his spell in charge of Wrexham.
The Racecourse Ground side reached the quarter finals in 1997 and Swansea will be determined to at least try and match that feat.
Lee Trundle, who has scored in every round, has handed City a major boost by being declared fit for the big day, as has influential midfielder Leon Britton.
Maverick marksman Trundle will wear a protective mask after fracturing his cheekbone in the previous round against Preston.
Alan Tate, signed permanently from Manchester United recently, is eligible and that could be good news with Izzy Iriekpen struggling to be fit.
The Swans also have doubts over Lenny Johnrose, Karl Connolly, Kevin Nugent and James Thomas.
Ian Sharps is out for Rovers as he continues to suffer from pain caused by a back complaint but felt in his hamstring.
Shane Nicholson and Steve Jennings managed to see some action in the reserves' clash with Barnsley that was abandoned after 54 minutes, and will hope they can prove their fitness in time for the Prenton Park encounter.
Midfielder Mickey Mellon will miss the match for Rovers, as he serves a one-match ban for his sending off late last month at Colchester United.