Notts County v Rotherham preview

Date published: Friday 30th August 2013 12:30

Enda Stevens could make his league debut against the Millers.

Stevens joined the club this week on loan from Aston Villa and went straight into the starting line-up for the Magpies’ Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night, replacing the injured Alan Sheehan at full-back.

With Sheehan (hamstring) still out, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international could keep his place in the team.

Captain Dean Leacock sat out the second-round tie against the Reds with a knock but there is a chance he may return at centre-half.

Rotherham will have Daniel Nardiello available for the clash with the Magpies.

The striker was suspended for the Millers’ 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday but returns to the squad at Meadow Lane and could go straight into the side for his first start of the season.

Defender Claude Davis (illness) and midfielder David Noble (knock) also missed out at Villa Park and boss Steve Evans is hopeful of having them back.

Evans could make other changes to his side, with Matt Tubbs hopeful of a recall in attack while some players may be rested after their midweek exertions.

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Notts County v Rotherham preview

Date published: Monday 17th December 2012 2:20

Notts County are expected to be without striker Lee Hughes for the midweek tie.

The veteran striker missed Saturday’s defeat against Brentford through illness and is unlikely to face the Millers.

Fellow forward Yoann Arquin, who scored in the initial tie at the New York Stadium, is battling to be fit after missing the weekend’s game through an unspecified injury.

Boss Keith Curle will welcome back Alan Judge to his midfield after the 24-year-old served a one-match ban for being booked five times this season, while defender Krystian Pearce is in contention after returning from his loan spell at Barnet.

Dean Leacock is a doubt after being forced off against the Bees after picking up a first-half knock and fellow defenders Jordan Stewart (hamstring) and Tom Williams (calf) remain sidelined.

Rotherham will be without captain Ian Sharps.

Sharps played in the 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, despite breaking his nose the week before, but, after picking up a fifth booking of the season, he will have to serve a one-game suspension at Meadow Lane.

The skipper’s absence is likely to open the door for either Mark Bradley or Jack O’Connell in the heart of defence.

The former should be the preferred option providing he can prove his fitness following a groin injury.

Manager Steve Evans confirmed the rest of his side came through the Dons win unscathed and he will have further food for thought after Kieran Agard’s match-winning cameo off the bench.

Both David Noble (ankle) and Dale Tonge (knee/ankle) have returned to full training, although Evans hinted their returns could come in a reverse-team clash against Stoke on Wednesday.

Should the Millers oust Keith Curle’s side, Aldershot will be their third-round opponents.

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