TWENTY-year-old defender Michael Nelson will get the chance to earn himself a contract at Bury when he starts tomorrow's clash against FA Cup semi-finalists Wycombe Wanderers at Gigg Lane.

For any fans saying Michael Who, Nelson has been signed from non-league Bishop Auckland on a non-contract basis for the remainder of the season.

The 6'2 central defender has impressed manager Andy Preece in the reserves and in training and now the boss has pencilled the youngster in for his first team debut.

"It's a big chance for the lad but he's been consistently impressive and he deserves an opportunity," revealed Preece.

"He's been very good in training for the last few weeks and he didn't let anyone down when he played against Pakistan.

"As well as it being the ideal opportunity for him, it's also ideal for us because we can have a proper look at him and hopefully he'll do well."

Tomorrow's clash is a big one for Lawrie Sanchez's Wycombe who despite their fine cup run are battling to beat the drop to Division Three.

One man who won't make an appearance tomorrow is Matt Barrass.

The homegrown full back, who has been out for most of the season, came through a reserve match last week but is still nowhere near match fit. ness and Preece is not prepared to risk the youngster suffering another injury.

Also missing tomorrow are Colin Cramb, Steve Redmond, Martyn Forrest and Steve Halford (all suspended).

Danny Swailes may or may not be making his final appearance of the season. His dismissal against Luton has resulted in a one-match ban for next week's Brentford match.

However, after studying a video of the match, the Shakers are appealing against the ban and it could be overturned before next week's contest.