Hereford v Wimbledon preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Hereford and AFC Wimbledon at Edgar Street.

Last Updated: 02/03/12 at 15:57

Purkiss: Back in contention

Purkiss: Back in contention

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Ben Purkiss returns to contention for Hereford. The right-back missed Tuesday's crushing 5-4 reverse at Gillingham due to a one-match suspension for his dismissal in last weekend's draw against Bradford.

Purkiss' availability provides welcome defensive reinforcements for under-pressure manager Jamie Pitman, who was boosted in midweek by Michael Townsend's return from his own two-match ban.

Purkiss will go straight back into Pitman's XI after Danny Williams, who was standing in at right-back at Priestfield for his first appearance since September, was forced off with a knock in the 74th minute.

Defenders Benoit Dalibard (hamstring), Joe Heath (groin) and Stefan Stam (knee) as well as striker Richard Peniket (ankle) all remain sidelined as the struggling Bulls look to improve upon a home record which is the worst in League Two.

Meanwhile, Luke Moore could be added to the AFC Wimbledon squad. The midfielder has been out for a month with a knee injury but resumed training this week and hopes to travel.

Winger Kieran Djilali has recovered from a hamstring injury but is struggling for match fitness and is not expected to be involved.

The match will also come too soon for left-back Gareth Gwillim (hamstring) and midfielder Ricky Wellard (ankle), although both are close to returning.

There will be a change on the bench after on-loan full-back Gavin Hoyte returned to Arsenal.

Defender Brett Johnson and midfielder Brendan Kiernan are back from loan spells but midfielder Max Porter has joined Newport County until the end of the season.

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