Matty Blair and Krystian Pearce hoping on Mansfield Town returns

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Mansfield Town expect to welcome back Krystian Pearce from suspension and winger Matty Blair from illness into the squad for this weekend’s tough play-off clash at Bristol Rovers.

Pearce has just completed a two-game ban, though he has also suffered illness this week and, with Lee Collins and Ryan Tafazolli combining well together at the back in his absence, may have to be patient on a return to the starting XI.

“Krystian has obviously been a good player for us, but to be fair to Lee and Taff, I think they have been superb in there so there is no rush to get him back in,” said boss Adam Murray.

“He has been ill this week to be fair so we will monitor him at the back end of the week.”

Blair missed last weekend’s game after feeling ill on Friday and Murray said: “Matty came in Monday morning still feeling a bit groggy but a lot better than he was on Friday.

“He did a light session on Tuesday and we’ll see how he reacts to that.

“He gives us that threat. He will get at people, he will make runs from deep that are remarkable, and he’s started scoring goals as well.

“If we can get him up to speed this week he will be a good option for us on Saturday.”