Football - Banned Howe sits it out

Torquay will be without talismanic striker Rene Howe when they host Bristol Rovers looking for the point they need to secure npower League Two safety.

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The club's top scorer will be suspended for the clash with John Ward's men and the first two matches of next season after picking up his 15th booking of the campaign in the 2-0 win at Morecambe last weekend.

Ryan Jarvis is the favourite to replace Howe in the starting line-up and manager Alan Knill, who gave his squad an extra day off on Monday, has no fresh injury worries and is focusing on keeping his squad as fresh as possible.

While the Gulls need a point to guarantee safety they may not even need that if one of the five teams below them slip up in what is sure to be a nail-biting conclusion to one of the tightest relegation battles in recent history.

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