Plymouth Argyle will be looking to maintain their automatic-promotion bid from League Two when the season eventually resumes, with the Pilgrims currently sitting third in the fourth-tier table.
The Home Park outfit are looking to secure an immediate return to League One following their relegation next term, with Ryan Lowe’s side having enjoyed a fine second half of the season which has propelled them into promotion contention.
Argyle are three points clear of their south-west rivals Exeter City at present, with Lowe’s men having sealed back-to-back victories against Grimsby and Macclesfield in the matches leading up to the EFL’s fixture suspension.
Plymouth will be looking to pick up where they left off when the EFL does lift the suspension on matches, and there will be a number of players within Lowe’s ranks who will be particularly hungry to make an impact.
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Cooper has been a regular in the Plymouth side since joining on a season-long loan deal from Peterborough back in August, and the 23-year-old has been a key player for the Pilgrims having registered a total of 11 assists this campaign.
The midfielder had only managed the net on one occasion for Argyle prior to the final match before the suspension, but he then netted a brace during the 3-0 win over Macclesfield while he also recorded an assist during this triumph.
Cooper will now be hungry to continue his goalscoring form when Plymouth return from the suspension, with the Crewe academy product having now proven capable of adding goals to his already impressive game.
Grant has only managed 16 league appearances for Plymouth this campaign, but the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the two matches leading up to the suspension as he helped his side to their two important victories.
The Everton youth product was praised by Lowe last week following his strong displays across these two matches, with the Argyle boss admitting that Grant had given him a selection headache after staking a serious claim for a regular starting spot.
Grant will now be desperate to continue delivering eye-catching performances when Argyle’s action resumes, with the 24-year-old now clearly standing a chance of holding down a regular first-team spot between now and the end of the season.
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Grant has been a key figure for Lowe’s side since completing his loan move from Chelsea to Home Park over the summer, with the versatile defender having made a total of 30 senior appearances for the League Two promotion chasers this season.
However, the 21-year-old had missed the four league matches leading up to the EFL’s fixture suspension as a result of an injury which had seen him return to Chelsea, but the break in matches means Grant could now feature in all of Argyle’s remaining games.
This is likely to be something that will work in the favour of injured players at a number of clubs, but Lowe will definitely take plenty of solace from the fact that Grant could now continue playing an important role for his side when fixtures eventually resume.