Football - Defender doubt for Gulls

Torquay are hopeful that defender Anthony O'Connor will be available for the trip to Accrington.

PA Sport Report

The Blackburn loanee returned early from international duty with the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s because of a knee injury sustained during their 5-2 win over the Faroe Islands last Friday but manager Alan Knill is optimistic he will be passed fit.

But there will be no return for the Gulls' two other injured players, with winger Billy Bodin (cartilage) and midfielder Ben Harding (foot) set for longer spells on the sidelines.

Struggling Torquay face two crucial games in a short space of time with Devon rivals Plymouth the visitors just three days after they face Stanley.

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