Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town v Gillingham

Shrewsbury Town search for their first win of the season when they host Steve Evans’ Gillingham side.

Sam Ricketts
was dealt a further injury blow when it was revealed that Wolves loanee Matija
Sarkic will be out for up to three months.

The Montenegrin international sustained a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw against Plymouth and may not feature again for the rest of the year.

Harry
Burgoyne is expected to deputise in goal, whilst Cameron Gregory could be
called up to the bench. Town’s boss has intimated that he may scour the market
for another stopper.

Elsewhere,
Ryan Sears could be out for 10-12 weeks with an ankle injury, whilst Dave
Edwards remains on the treatment table with a stress fracture. Sean Goss (ribs)
may return to the bench, whilst Tottenham loanee Shillow Tracey may be in his
first Town squad.

Josh Daniels
has fully recovered from a knee injury, whilst Ethan Ebanks-Landell is said to
be ready if called upon.

Shrewsbury
has failed to win any of their previous five home games against Gillingham.
Their last home win was a 2-0 success in October 2013, courtesy of goals from
Joe Jacobson and Liam McAlinden.

The visitors
will have defender Christian Maghoma available after he received a negative
test for COVID-19.

However, key
midfield due Kyle Dempsey (ankle) and Matty Willock (hamstring) are out. Stuart
O’Keefe will play no further part this season after suffering with a broken leg
and ligament damage. Celtic loanee Scott Robertson may not start due to
fatigue.

New signings
Tom O’Connor and Declan Drysdale, signed on loan from Southampton and Coventry
respectively, are in line for their debuts.

Gillingham
recorded a 2-0 victory against Blackpool last time out.

Possible
Line Ups:

Shrewsbury
Town

1. Burgoyne, 18. Fossey, 2. Pierre, 5. Williams, 3. Golbourne, 25. High, 16. Walker, 10. Vela, 35. Cummings, 23. Udoh, 7. Whalley

Subs: 8. Norburn, 11. Clarke, 17. Love, 22. Daniels, 24. Ebanks-Landell, 30. Gregory, Tracey

Gillingham

1. Bonham, 2. Jackson, 5. Tucker, 6. Medley, 3. Ogilvie, 17. Eccles, 18. Mellis, Drysdale, 9. Samuel, 19. Oliver, 10. Graham

Subs: 11. Coyle, 12. Walsh, 14. McKenzie, 15. Akinde, 16. MacDonald, 23. Woods, O’Connor

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One Fixtures:

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Blackpool V Lincoln
Bristol Rovers V Northampton
Burton V Portsmouth
Charlton V Sunderland
Hull V Plymouth
MK Dons V Ipswich
Oxford V Crewe
Peterborough V Swindon
Rochdale V Fleetwood
Wigan V Doncaster

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