Tranmere v Bury preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday night’s League One clash between

Tranmere Rovers and Bury at Prenton Park.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore will select from an unchanged squad

when his League One table-toppers host struggling Bury.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over managerless Coventry returned Rovers to

the summit and, as a further boost, no injury problems were picked

up.

Veteran centre-back Ian Goodison (knee) and full-back Paul Black

(thigh) remain on the sidelines, though.

Bury are yet to win this season under the guidance of caretaker

manager Peter Shirtliff but, after they gained a creditable draw at

Sheffield United on Saturday, Moore is expecting a competitive

encounter.

“Bury have gone and drawn 1-1 at Sheffield United and really

should have won it,” he told Tranmere’s official website. “They had

a chance right at the death where the lad has hit it over the

bar.

“So we know it’s going to be a tough game, but let other teams

worry about us. If we have the same application and dedication we

had the other day, keep the ball that bit better, then Bury will be

in for a tough game.”

Bury will run the rule over David Healy and Efe Sodje.

Northern Ireland international striker Healy has not featured

for the Shakers since netting a penalty on his debut against

Coventry and he is presently rated as 50/50 with a thigh

strain.

In his absence, Tom Hopper made his own Bury bow up front in

Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, and the on-loan Leicester

youngster is expected to continue as caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff

searches for an elusive first win at the helm.

Veteran centre-back Sodje came off with a tight groin at Bramall

Lane and faces a late fitness test, with Mark Hughes poised to

deputise if he misses out.

Fellow defender Phil Picken is a long-term injury victim after

the club confirmed he will miss the rest of the season due to

cruciate ligament damage.