Football - Bell back for Burton

Burton can welcome back midfielder Lee Bell to their squad for the Boxing Day fixture against Rochdale.

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Bell missed the 3-2 defeat at Barnet on Friday night, serving a suspension after receiving five yellow cards, with Jack Dyer his replacement.

Manager Gary Rowett is likely to reinstate Bell after the Brewers continued their inconsistent form at Underhill.

Rowett's men remain only one point behind seventh-placed Exeter, but recent defeats to Barnet, Wycombe, and Aldershot will be a cause of concern.

The npower League Two side will be boosted by the news that striker Matt Paterson and club captain John McGrath are closing in on a return to action following injury.

Paterson had a run out for the reserves on his comeback from a groin strain, will McGrath made the bench against the Bees, following a foot injury.

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