Football - Gulls plan without Labadie

Torquay will be without influential midfielder Joss Labadie for the trip to league leaders Gillingham.

PA Sport

The on-loan Notts County midfielder has returned to Meadow Lane after four goals in his seven games for the struggling Gulls.

His place in the side could be taken by Welshman Nathan Craig or Damon Lathrope while Ian Morris is fit again after recovering from a ruptured Achilles.

Goalkeeper Michael Poke, 27, is resting up as he awaits the results of scans on an illness that forced him out of the 3-1 home defeat to Bradford on Monday.

The player has made two trips to hospital for MRI and ultrasound scans after complaining of symptoms hinting at a chest infection.

If Poke fails to return, Martin Rice will make just his fifth Football League appearance.

Meanwhile, the club's two other injured players, winger Danny Stevens (groin) and midfielder Craig Easton (calf), hope to return to training ahead of the clash.

Torquay make the trip just one point above the npower League Two relegation zone.

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