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Shrewsbury will be well-rested ahead of Tuesday’s contest after their weekend meeting with Morecambe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The Shrews have failed to convert draws into victories in recent weeks, with five of their previous seven league games ending level.
In their most recent outing, Steve Cotterill‘s side fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Plymouth Argyle, with a Conor Grant strike proving enough to help the Pilgrims to all three points.
Tuesday’s hosts currently sit four points adrift of the relegation zone and after collecting 25 of their 34 points from home matches, the Shrews will recognise the importance of Tuesday’s encounter in their fight for survival.
Having scored 13 of their 18 home league goals in the second half of home matches this season, the Shrews are likely to be at their most threatening in the second period on Tuesday.
Shaun Whalley has been injured since November, and Cotterill does not expect the 34-year-old to return until at least March.
After serving a two-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, Luke Leahy is expected to come back into the starting lineup for Tuesday’s contest.
Despite making his debut with a second-half substitute appearance against Plymouth Argyle, Tom Flanagan may have to wait a little longer for his first Shrewsbury start, with the centre-back expected to be on the bench for the Portsmouth contest.
As for the visitors, they will be without the services of Shaun Williams and Kieran Freeman who are both long-term injury absentees.
After picking up a knee injury in training last week, Michael Jacobs will also miss out, while Joe Morrell will serve the final game of his three-match suspension.
Cowley could make a change up front after O’Brien scored his first Pompey goal against Doncaster, and he may replace Tyler Walker in the forward line.
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Shrewsbury Town possible starting lineup:
Marosi; Pennington, Ebanks-Landell, Nurse; Bennett, Vela, Davis, Fornah, Leahy; Bowman, Udoh
Portsmouth possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson; Harness, Thompson, Tunnicliffe, Hackett; Curtis, O’Brien, Hirst