Northampton v Swindon preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 4:36

John Johnson will be available for Northampton on New Year’s Eve.

Defender Johnson was sent off after just 18 minutes of the home defeat to Burton on Boxing Day for allegedly elbowing Albion captain John McGrath in a challenge.

Northampton appealed against the decision and on Thursday the Football Association overturned referee Andy Madley’s ruling, meaning Johnson escapes a three-match suspension.

Adebayo Akinfenwa will be among those looking for a recall after the experienced striker started on the bench against Burton.

Aidy Boothroyd is still without a win since taking over as manager three games ago.

The Cobblers have not won in 11 League Two matches, losing on nine occasions, since beating Barnet 2-1 at Underhill on October 1.

Meanwhile, Swindon will be without striker Jake Jervis for their New Year’s Eve clash.

The Robins hope to secure the Birmingham frontman’s services until the end of the season or on a permanent basis when the January transfer window opens, but his current loan deal at the County Ground has expired making him ineligible for the meeting with the Cobblers.

That leaves either Alan Connell or Ronan Murray to lead the line for the Wiltshire outfit, alongside Czech hitman Lukas Magera, after manager Paolo Di Canio confirmed that Mehdi Kerrouche would be left out of his squad altogether once again.

Kerrouche has not featured for Swindon since the 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on December 10 and Di Canio said leaving the Algerian at home this weekend was a “technical decision”.

Meanwhile, full-back Liam Ridehalgh has returned to Huddersfield after the Robins decided not to extend his loan deal from the League One club. Callum Kennedy is likely to fill in on the left of defence.

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