Dagenham v Fleetwood preview

Chelsea are without captain John Terry for the visit of
Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but City skipper
Vincent Kompany undergoes a late test.

Terry is missing for the Blues after he picked up a knee injury
against Liverpool two weeks ago.

Daniel Sturridge missed the defeat to Juventus with a hamstring
problem, but Fernando Torres could return to the starting XI after
being benched in Turin.

New manager Rafael Benitez is without midfielder Frank Lampard
as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Manchester City captain Kompany (knee) will be given a fitness
test ahead of the trip to Chelsea after suffering injury late in
the midweek clash with Real Madrid.

Striker Mario Balotelli, dropped for the defeat of Tottenham a
fortnight ago, has been training after being forced out of the last
two games by a back injury.

Left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) is back in contention while
midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) edges closer to a return but
right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out.

A First Tier Tax Tribunal this week delivered a majority verdict
in favour of the Ibrox side, who were facing a claim by HMRC in
relation to the use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

The decision could have an impact on an SPL-appointed commission
inquiry into alleged undisclosed payments to Rangers players under
a previous regime which centres on EBTs.

If found guilty, Rangers could be stripped of titles.

The hearing was set to take place earlier this month but has
been delayed, with no new date set as yet.

McCoist believes the scrapping of the probe would provide
closure on a turbulent period in the Light Blues’ history.

He said: “I would be extremely hopeful that common sense would
now prevail and they would drop it.

“That would be the ideal situation and we could all start moving
forward again.

“All we want is an opportunity to start again and move
forward.

“If they did that, there would certainly be closure on that
point and we could start again.”

On the verdict, McCoist added: “From the club’s point of view,
it’s one we hoped we would get.

“The over-riding feeling was satisfaction and pleasure.

“We feel it was the right decision and we’re delighted with
it.”

Sam Williams and Brian Woodall are competing to replace Dwight
Gayle in attack for Dagenham.

Gayle, seven-goal top scorer for the Daggers, this week joined
Championship side Peterborough on loan until January, with a future
permanent deal a very real possibility.

Williams is the man likely to get the nod alongside Jake Reed in
attack having already bagged five goals himself this term.

Otherwise, manager John Still has no new injury or suspension
problems to contend with and boasts a full-strength squad.

Teenage attacking midfielder Josh Wakefield arrived on a
month-long loan deal from Bournemouth ahead of Thursday’s window
closing and he will hope to make the bench.

The Daggers, who did not play in midweek, will be aiming to
bounce back after the disappointing nature of last weekend’s 3-2
defeat at Burton.

Fleetwood hope to welcome back Steven Gillespie.

The four-goal forward has missed the Cod Army’s last five
fixtures with a hamstring problem but has returned to training and
is being closely assessed by Micky Mellon.

But fellow striker Jon Parkin is still struggling with his
hamstring problem and will not travel.

Midfielder Alex Marrow and defender Shaun Beeley have recovered
from illness and are expected to be involved after the pair missed
Tuesday night’s defeat to Accrington.

Andy Mangan and Anthony Barry are both still sidelined with knee
injuries, while 21-year-old forward Alex Titchiner has been
recalled from his loan spell at Halifax and is in contention.

Brazilian forward Branco made his Fleetwood debut in midweek as
a second half substitute and is pushing for further
involvement.