Stevenage v Shrewsbury preview

Team news for Saturday’s League One clash between Stevenage and

Shrewsbury Town at Broadhall Way.

Michael Thalassitis is pushing for a place in the Stevenage

line-up for this match.

The 19-year-old striker climbed off the bench to score Boro’s

consolation goal in Tuesday night’s 4-1 Capital One Cup defeat by


Defender Lee Hills is still building up his fitness after his

summer move from Crystal Palace but boss Gary Smith has no other

injury absentees.

On-loan Leeds winger Robbie Rodgers made his full debut against

Saints but Robin Shroot replaced him in the second half and is

pushing to reclaim his place in the starting XI.

Boro are currently unbeaten in League One with seven points from

their opening three matches of the season.

Meanwhile, Michael Hector will be assessed ahead of Shrewsbury’s


The centre-back, on loan from Reading, tweaked his knee in

training earlier this week and will be monitored in the build-up to

the encounter.

Reuben Hazell and Connor Goldson are on standby should they be

required, with manager Graham Turner yet to make any changes to his

starting XI for Town’s first three league fixtures of the


Hazell and Goldson are just two of several players knocking on

the door for starts, with winger Jon Taylor at the front of the

queue having bagged a brace in a 4-0 midweek reserve victory over


Midfielder Asa Hall – fit after a dead leg – Tom Bradshaw, Joe

Jacobson and Aaron Wildig are also looking to break into a Shrews

line-up which has started the season strongly.