Powell on track for Railwaymen return
Crewe are hoping forward Nick Powell will be fit to face Torquay.
The England Under-18 international missed last weekend's 1-0 win over Cheltenham that saw the Railwaymen move into the npower League Two play-off places due to tonsilitis, and back-up goalkeeper Alan Martin is also suffering with the illness.
"Nick has been ill and we're waiting to see whether he recovers quickly enough," said manager Steve Davis. "If he feels okay we'll take him down to Torquay. Alan Martin has picked up something similar to Nick."
Ashley Westwood suffered a head injury in the closing stages against the Robins but is set to retain his place in midfield, although doubts remain over captain and last week's matchwinner David Artell (hamstring).
Davis added: "Dave came off as a precaution really. He probably couldn't have carried on anyway with his hamstring, which he felt during the course of the goal. We'll assess him to see if he's fit or not, so he's the main concern."
If Alex win and Oxford fail to beat Southend they will secure a play-off berth.