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Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:19:00

Millwall are short in defence with Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry suspended for Saturday's Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at The Den.

Shittu serves a one-match ban following his red card after the final whistle of Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat by Blackburn, and Lowry completes a three-match suspension for 15 bookings.

Mark Beevers was deputising at left-back for Lowry but is now likely to move back to centre-half in place of Shittu.

Tottenham loanee Adam Smith missed out against Rovers through illness and should return to the back four although Jack Smith, Alan Dunne or Scott Malone could also step in at left-back.

Midfield duo Sean St Ledger (ankle) and Liam Trotter (knee) will be assessed but winger Chris Taylor (groin) is definitely out.

Dan Harding, meanwhile, could feature for the first time under Billy Davies for Nottingham Forest.

Harding had been a regular in the team prior to Davies returning for a second spell as manager at the beginning of February.

The full-back might get his chance at The Den with Gonzalo Jara Reyes out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury and on-loan Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson nursing a knock.

Irish winger Stephen McLaughlin is another who could come into the reckoning after getting valuable minutes under his belt in the development squad recently following an ankle problem.

Former Lion Darius Henderson will miss out on a return to his old club as the striker completes a three-match ban.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore has promised to field an attacking line-up.

Rovers have not scored a goal in their last five games - which have all ended in 1-0 defeats - and have seen their play-off hopes disappear.

But the manager wants his side to give the Cherries a real fight, as the visitors look for the win that will secure the championship.

"I'm going to play one or two more attack-minded players and have a real good go for it," he told the club's official website.

"It's one you want to win for pride. You've got to finish right, you can't just throw three kids in there, you've got to be professional."

Abdulai Bell-Baggie could return in attack after dropping to the bench against Preston but club captain James Wallace (knee) and winger Adam McGurk (hip) remain sidelined.

Bournemouth have no fresh injury worries as they look to clinch the league title.

The 3-1 victory over Carlisle last weekend sent the Cherries into the Championship for just the second time in their history and manager Eddie Howe is unlikely to shuffle his pack as they target the title which three points at Prenton Park would secure.

And if they do pick up the win it would be their ninth successive victory, having conceded just three goals in their previous eight straight wins.

Only long-term injury absentees Miles Addison, Stephen Purches and Stephane Zubar are unavailable for the Cherries and Howe looks likely to name the same squad once more.

Shaun MacDonald and Richard Hughes stepped off the bench at the Goldsands last weekend and the duo will be pushing for starts in what looks set to be a memorable afternoon for followers of the Cherries.

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