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Crewe captain George Ray will miss the home game against Crawley through suspension.

The defender received his 10th yellow card of the season in League Two during the goalless draw at Cambridge and begins a two-match ban on Saturday.

He will also sit out the trip to Mansfield on March 23.

Ray’s absence means potential opportunities for the likes of Nicky Hunt and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, but Jamie Sterry has been recalled from his loan spell by Newcastle.

Crewe are without a win in five matches and have failed to score in their last three outings.

Filipe Morais could return to the Crawley starting line-up at Gresty Road.

The Portuguese winger has been used as a late substitute against Grimsby and Mansfield after missing two games through illness.

Luke Gambin is nearing a comeback after a nerve problem but fellow midfielder Jimmy Smith remains a long-term absentee.

Crawley have won just one of their last seven matches and have tasted victory only once on the road since September.

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