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Team News: Gillingham v Pools

8 November 2018

Peter Kioso Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools defender Peter Kioso

We take a look at the latest from both camps ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup First Round tie against Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Matthew Bates will be without Peter Kioso for Saturday’s FA Cup tie after the defender was sent-off during last weekend’s defeat at Bromley and will therefore serve a one-game ban.

Andrew Davies also remains sidelined as he serves the second game of his three-game ban but Carl Magnay will be available because National League yellow card suspensions do not carry over in to the FA Cup.

Michael Woods will look to shake off an ankle injury in time to join the rest of the squad in Kent but Luke Williams remains out of action after undergoing a second operation on his injured knee.

New loan signing James Butler won’t be able to play against The Gills – the young defender is cup-tied after playing the competition for Kidsgrove Athletic.

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell will hope to welcome back some of his injured players for the visit of Pools this weekend as they look to bounce back from Tuesday’s home defeat to Blackpool.

Alex Lacey missed out after twisting his knee in the warm-up at Fleetwood Town last Saturday, while defender Bradley Garmston and midfielder Josh Rees returned to training on Monday but weren’t risked on Tuesday.

Midfield man Callum Reilly could move back in to contention as he battles to overcome a groin injury but front man Billy Bingham is still being troubled by an ankle problem.

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