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Team News Ahead of Rochdale

19 December 2018

Chris Powell says Harry Bunn won’t be available against Rochdale but hopes he can play a part over the Christmas period.

The winger picked up a knock on his thigh against Portsmouth which kept him out of last weekend’s win over Accrington Stanley.

So the Blues boss is expecting a similar squad to the one that secured a 3-0 victory last weekend to be available for the visit of Keith Hill’s side.

“Michael Turner didn’t train all week last week but passed a fitness test on Saturday morning so that’s why I put him on the bench against Accrington because I felt his experience might be needed.

“He’s been training which has been good for him. But we’re just looking at the players that we’ve got.

“We had a number of younger players in the squad and they’ve got a game today which hopefully they will come through and be available again.

“The majority of the players are long term. Harry Bunn, I think Saturday will come too soon.

“He got a bit of a knock on his thigh at Portsmouth. We thought it was a dead leg but it might be a little bit more, maybe a few fibres.

“It’s not as bad as we thought but he still won’t be available for Saturday.

“Hopefully he’ll be available for the Christmas period but Rochdale is too early.”

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