Tranmere Rovers will be looking to build on an encouraging 1-1 draw at Rotherham United last time out when they host Gillingham at Prenton Park on Saturday.
Gillingham sit one point and three places better off than Tranmere, sitting in 16th position in the League One standings.
They come to Prenton Park off the back of a 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the league last weekend, but had the disappointment of a 3-2 home defeat against Colchester United in midweek in the EFL Trophy
As we begin to preview the weekend’s game, here we will run through who’s unavailable for Rovers through suspension or injury.
The former Aston Villa man saw red against Bristol Rovers and will serve the second of a three-match suspension. After demonstrating some glimpses of the quality he will bring to the side, Micky Mellon will have to do without the pacy wide man for another couple of fixtures.
The right-back has missed the first few weeks of the season with an ankle injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against Walsall. We believe he has returned to training with the squad this week, which is a plus after his stand-in at right-back, Kane Wilson, is also injured!
The young full-back, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, picked up a knee ligament injury in training ahead of the Rotherham United game last week. He put a picture of himself on crutches up on Instagram this week, with the caption saying that he received good news from his scan. Not sure how long he’ll be ruled out for, but he’s missing this one for sure.
Ellis sustained a knee injury towards the back end of last season and remains absent. It’s likely to be some time yet until we next see the experienced defender in a Rovers shirt on the pitch.
Another who picked up a serious knee injury at the end of last term, the young defender is unlikely to be available for selection until the new year at the earliest.
The big striker was enjoying a good pre-season campaign, having recovered from the injury problems which blighted his spell after joining Rovers in the second half of last season, before sustaining a hamstring problem against Walsall in the final warm-up match before the new campaign. A timescale on how long the former Manchester City man will be out for has not been released, but it seems he won’t be available again this weekend.
Another player who sustained a knee ligament injury in training, surely something the coaching staff will be looking into. The striker is unlikely to feature until the end of October/beginning of November.