Wycombe v Morecambe preview
Daniel Ayala is ready to return to the Nottingham Forest squad
for Saturday’s Championship clash with Burnley at the City
Defender Ayala, on loan from Norwich, missed the 2-1 home defeat
to Hull last weekend due to illness.
Sean O’Driscoll’s side came through that game without any new
Defender Greg Halford (calf), midfielders Radoslaw Majewski
(ankle) and Jermaine Jenas (calf) and striker Simon Cox (foot) were
all absent against the Tigers and will remain on the sidelines for
As well as Ayala, Reds boss O’Driscoll has defender Brendan
Moloney, midfielders Guy Moussi, Henri Lansbury and Lewis McGugan
and strikers Robbie Findley and Dexter Blackstock available should
he wish to make any changes to his starting line up.
Burnley will be without defender Ben Mee, who completed 90
minutes in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn at Turf Moor but
sustained medial knee ligament damage during the match and is now
facing several weeks on the sidelines.
Danny Lafferty and Joseph Mills will contest the vacancy in Sean
Dyche’s starting XI, with Northern Ireland international Lafferty
favourite to get the nod.
Elsewhere Dyche has no other injury or suspension worries as the
Clarets look to extend their unbeaten run to four matches.
Wales international striker Sam Vokes came off the bench to seal
a point against Rovers but may well have to settle for a place
among the substitutes once more.
Wycombe’s preparations have been given a blow with the news that
Charlton loanee Ade Azeez has returned to his parent club for
assessment on a hamstring strain.
The 18-year-old striker limped off just 25 minutes into
Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Yeovil and will be
checked out by the Championship side’s medical staff.
Better news for Wycombe was Marvin McCoy’s return from injury at
Huish Park. The 24-year-old played 90 minutes in his first
appearance since the opening day of the season.
Danny Foster is ruled out of this weekend’s clash with a bruised
bone while Gary Doherty (back) and Anthony Stewart (thigh) are
expected to return to training next week.
Matt Spring will serve the first of his three-match ban for his
straight red card against the Glovers on Tuesday while Grant Basey
(knee) is expected to start light running in three weeks and Matt
Bloomfield (pelvic shear) is continuing his recovery.
Morecambe will be without the services of influential midfielder
Fleming misses the trip to Adams Park having collected his fifth
booking of the season during last weekend’s FA Cup second-round
defeat to Coventry.
On-loan duo Jordan Mustoe and Richard Brodie are available once
more after the Wigan full-back and Crawley forward were ineligible
for cup action under the terms of their deals at the Globe
Defender Will Haining is fit and fighting for a return to the
starting line-up after coming back from injury to appear as a late
substitute against the Sky Blues.
Forward pair Jordan Burrow and Danny Carlton (both knee) remain
on the sidelines.
Jim Bentley’s Shrimps head into the contest looking to end a run
of four consecutive league defeats on the road, knowing 19th-placed
Wycombe will draw level with them on 25 points with a victory.