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Lawrence in race to be fit for play-off

LIAM LAWRENCE is an injury concern ahead of the Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia next week.

The Portsmouth captain suffered an ankle injury against Crystal Palace last week and is struggling to be fit for Pompey's game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

"There is a bit of swelling there so the physios are hoping to keep that down. Fingers-crossed he will be alright for us," said Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham.

"We will never write any player off. What you want them to do is train on the Friday and see how they are. We are hopeful we can do that with Liam."

Lawrence established himself in the Ireland side at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign, starting in both legs of the playoff against France, but he has dropped down the pecking order recently and his last appearance in a competitive game was in the 3-2 defeat at home by Russia last year.

collins ready for final push

RODDY COLLINS insists that his Monaghan United players need no extra motivation as they chase a place in the Premier Division tonight.

Monaghan head into the second leg of their promotion/ relegation play-off away to Galway United with a 2-0 lead from the first leg, taking on a side who have not won since March.

"There is a great determination in the dressing room and the lads need no motivation from me in making their final push for promotion," said Collins.

"The qualifiers are like being in a cup final and it is half time. We have the cushion of the two-goal lead but going to Terryland Park it won't be enough we will have to build on it to advance."