Northampton v Cheltenham preview
Northampton are hoping Luke Guttridge will be fit to return while Cheltenham are sweating on the fitness of Matt Thornhill.
Last Updated: 26/02/10 3:23pm
Northampton could have Luke Guttridge back in contention on Saturday afternoon.
The midfielder missed the 2-0 win at Hereford on Tuesday after picking up a toe injury but is battling to return on the right side of midfield as the Cobblers look to keep the pressure up on the sides in the play-off places.
Top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa went over on his ankle in the first half at Edgar Street but stayed on to score his 13th goal of the season and should be fine.
Midfielder Ryan Gilligan serves the final game of his suspension while Kevin Thornton sits out the second of his own three-game ban, so John Curtis should continue his run in the side.
Goalkeeper Chris Dunn will be out for another month after knee surgery while striker Steve Guinan is still recovering from a hernia operation.
Cheltenham will hand a late fitness test to on-loan midfielder Matt Thornhill after he was forced off at half-time during Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Torquay with a hamstring strain.
Michael Townsend missed that clash altogether due to a groin injury, and he is looking at a couple more weeks on the sidelines.
Skipper Shane Duff (Achilles) made the bench in midweek for what was his first taste of matchday action for six months, although he was an unused substitute and is still lacking match fitness.
That is expected to be the case once again for Duff at Sixfields as he continues his steady return, with a reserve-team game expected to take place next week to aid his recovery.