Football - Skipper suspended for Pirates

Bristol Rovers will be without captain Tom Parkes as they welcome AFC Wimbledon looking for the three points which would mathematically guarantee safety.

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Parkes is suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in the 4-2 win over Dagenham on Monday and that means a first start for Port Vale loanee Clayton McDonald.

They will also be without influential midfielder John-Joe O'Toole who has returned to Colchester after the end of his loan spell.

Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall will return to training in the build-up to the match and is expected to play after missing Monday's clash with an ankle injury sustained during the warm-up.

John Ward says his players must aim to finish the season inside the top half of the npower League Two table, a real achievement considering Rovers were bottom on Boxing Day.

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