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Wirral Meet Again – Tranmere Rovers preview

Doncaster look to get their Championship push back on form as they travel to face fellow promotion chasing Rovers Tranmere at Prenton Park. It all seemed to be going so swimmingly; four straight wins and no goals conceded since the home defeat to Swansea had put Rovers in control of the second automatic League One promotion place. However, last weekend’s defeat at Carlisle and a second win for the Cumbrians in midweek have dropped Rovers down to fourth place just four points above opponents Tranmere, all be it with two games in hand.

Its not likely to be an easy afternoon for Doncaster as they travel to Birkenhead without a number of key players. Full back James O’Connor has joined top scorer James Hayter out with a hernia problem whilst Gordon Greer also remains absent and forward Lewis Guy is also unavailable having contracted glandular fever. Martin Woods, Graeme Lee and Matty Noble all remain out on loan.

The key absentee of that group for Doncaster is that of James O’Connor as it will force Sean O’Driscoll to change a starting line-up with which he has kept faith for more than a month. The most likely change will see Sean McDaid take O’Connor’s place although there remains a chance that Paul Green could be moved to full-back with Mark Wilson introduced to the midfield.

Tranmere are not without injury problems of their own as Chris Shuker and Steve Davies are both unavailable with knee injuries. Also missing is Steven Jennings who is unavailable due to suspension. Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore adopted to go for an all-out defenseive approach when they came to the Keepmoat Stadium in November. More than three months on and Tranmere are in the hunt for promotion themselves, meaning a much more open game can be expected by fans of both Rovers.

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