Cheltenham vs Tranmere preview
Last Updated: 11/01/19 11:53am
Cheltenham midfielder Nigel Atangana will miss Saturday's match with Tranmere as he begins a spell of up to nine months out following Achilles surgery.
The 29-year-old was hurt in last weekend's Sky Bet League Two loss at Crawley, and joins Will Boyle and Sean Long on the list of long-term absentees.
Johnny Mullins will also miss the match with an ankle injury, while Manny Daku - back from loan at Barnet - is out with a knee problem. Jordon Foster is doubtful with a dead leg and though Ryan Broom is close to a return, he is unlikely to start.
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Tranmere, licking their wounds from last week's 7-0 FA Cup thrashing by Tottenham, have strengthened their squad during the week. Midfielder Harvey Gilmour has joined on a free transfer from Sheffield United, while Ishmael Miller has signed for the rest of the season from Oldham.
Both could come into the reckoning this weekend. However, defender Ritchie Sutton has left for Morecambe on a free transfer while striker Cole Stockton has joined Wrexham on loan.
Cheltenham have won three of their last four Football League games against Tranmere (L1), however that defeat did come in the reverse fixture on matchday two of this season (0-1).
Tranmere have failed to win any of their five visits to Cheltenham in the Football League (D1 L4), failing to score in three of their last four visits to Whaddon Road.
Cheltenham Town have won three of their last four home league games (D1), as many victories as in their 23 such matches beforehand.
Tranmere have lost five of their last six away games in League Two (D1), conceding 17 goals - though Rovers have scored themselves in each of those matches.
No player has had a direct hand in more League Two goals this seaon than Tranmere striker James Norwood (17 - 16 goals, 1 assist).