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Burton Albion injured duo set to make Fleetwood return

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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GARY Rowett is hopeful of having left-back Damien McCrory and striker Calvin Zola available for Burton Albion this weekend.

Both players have missed the last two matches for the Brewers with ankle and hip problems respectively.

But McCrory returned to training on Tuesday and Zola is not far away for the trip to Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

“Damo has trained and came through a full session on Tuesday fine,” Rowett told Mailsport. “Calvin is feeling okay and we’re hoping he’ll be finefor the weekend.

“One or two are still having treatment at the minute, but hopefully they’ll be all okay and we’ll be in a bit of a better state than last week.”

Albion were down to the bare bones for the visit of Rotherham United to the Pirelli Stadium, but several players went through the pain barrier for the cause and the Millers were seen off 2-0 in a memorial match.

Webster (calf), Nathan Stanton (knee), Anthony O’Connor (ankle) and Alex MacDonald (dead leg) all played in the excellent victory, and all had two days off to recover.

John McGrath has headed off to York City on loan, but Rowett has several decisions to make come Saturday.

Ian Sharps returns from being ineligible to face parent club Rotherham under the terms of his loan.

But no-one is guaranteed a place in Albion’s starting XI.

“Whatever we do on Saturday, we will take today and tomorrow to look at all the options,” said Rowett. “It’s not a case of deserving a place in the side, no-one is an automatic selection.

“What we want is to get a position where people do that well, we can keep the same team, regardless of the result.”

Two players confident of retaining their place will be striker Billy Kee and goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson after being named in the offical Football League’s team of the week.

Kee netted a brace in Albion’s 2-0 win over Rotherham United on Saturday while Tomlinson impressed in between the sticks at the other end.

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