Northampton v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 23rd August 2013 3:35

Cobblers pair Ian Morris and Matt Heath will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

Morris (groin) – signed from the Gulls over the summer – and defender Heath (calf) both returned to training on Thursday and will hope to be included in manager Aidy Boothroyd’s matchday 18.

Fit-again Chris Hackett serves a one-match suspension following his red card in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Southend.

Striker Clive Platt returned to the bench at Roots Hall having overcome his calf injury and could start against the Gulls, but Lewis Hornby (back), Kelvin Langmead (knee) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg) remain sidelined.

The Gulls, meanwhile, will be without goalkeeper Michael Poke when they travel to the East Midlands.

Poke looked to be close to a first team return until he was dealt a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem this week.

Poke will now undergo a scan and manager Alan Knill is worried he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. It means former Exeter goalkeeper Martin Rice will continue in goal at Sixfields.

Knill has no fresh injury concerns with Kevin Nicholson having recovered from stitches in his cheek. Right-back Dale Tonge returns after serving a one-match ban and striker Elliot Benyon hopes to win his place back after recovering from concussion.

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Northampton v Torquay preview

Date published: Thursday 28th March 2013 12:43

Northampton are without skipper Kelvin Langmead.

Langmead underwent surgery on Thursday after a knee injury forced him off after just 12 minutes of the Cobblers’ 1-0 home win over Oxford last weekend.

The centre-half, who had been an ever-present in Aidy Boothroyd’s team this season prior to that, is expected to regain fitness before the end of the campaign.

Nathan Cameron has been drafted in as cover for Langmead and the 21-year-old, on loan from Coventry, will compete with Lee Collins for a starting role against the Gulls.

John Johnson was also withdrawn against Oxford because of a hamstring strain but the right-back will be fit for Friday night’s fixture.

Midfielder Chris Hackett has been playing despite a slight calf strain and Cobblers boss Boothroyd may opt to rest him at some point over the Easter schedule with two matches in the space of four days.

Torquay’s long-serving left-back Kevin Nicholson looks set to return to the starting line-up.

With defender Tom Cruise serving a one-match suspension for his dismissal against York last weekend 32-year-old Nicholson, who has been with the Gulls since 2007, is expected to get the nod.

Manager Alan Knill has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip but he remains without Craig Easton who is sidelined with a calf injury.

A number of Knill’s squad got some valuable game time under their belt in the Devon Bowl semi-final win over Bideford in midweek. Nathan Craig and Ashley Yeoman, regulars on the bench in recent weeks, scored the goals while Aaron Downes and Ian Morris played for 90 minutes.

Downes was an unused substitute last weekend having returned from suspension while Morris is returning to match fitness after his Achilles tendon injury.

Eight points from their last four match has lifted United five points clear of the drop zone ahead of the Easter fixtures.

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Northampton v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 9th September 2011 1:16

Nick McKoy will miss Northampton’s home game through suspension.

The midfielder received two yellow cards in the space of three minutes and was subsequently sent off towards the end of the draw with Southend last week. He must serve a one-match ban.

Defender Ashley Westwood and striker Jake Robinson were back in the squad after injury at Roots Hall and made late substitute appearances. They are likely to be involved once more.

Nathaniel Wedderburn resumed training this week after a long spell out injured but the midfielder is still some way away from making a playing return.

Manager Gary Johnson will be back in charge after missing the Southend game through illness and the Londoner is looking forward to being back in the dug-out.

“I was glued to the TV and the radio,” he said. “I never like missing games and I’ve only missed a couple in my career as a manager – the one last Saturday and one a couple of years ago. But we all get ill sometimes and now I’m back and raring to go and looking forward to our next group of games.”

Meanwhile Torquay are sweating on the fitness of winger Lloyd Macklin and midfielder Danny Stevens.

Macklin tweaked his calf and Stevens rolled his ankle in midweek, and question marks remain over the pair’s fitness ahead of the trip to the Cobblers.

Torquay, however, are hopeful striker Rene Howe will have recovered from hamstring troubles in time for the fixture.

Daniel Leadbitter (hamstring) remains a long-term absentee.

Meanwhile, manager Martin Ling hopes to send youngsters Ray Spear and Ashley Yeoman out on loan, provided they are given game time.

“If people are going to take them I want them to play, because we have got the nucleus of reserve games over the next month,” he said.

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Northampton v Torquay preview

Date published: Thursday 24th March 2011 12:23

Northampton manager Gary Johnson is set to name an unchanged side as he searches for his first win in charge.

Johnson saw a much-improved performance in the 1-1 draw at Bradford last Saturday and hopes to have the same XI available.

Centre-back Dean Beckwith could be back in the squad after a groin injury but he may have to settle for a place on the bench as new signing Byron Webster made an impression against the Bantams.

Midfielder Ryan Gilligan will miss out on facing the club he joined on loan earlier this year after he turned his ankle in the warm-up at Bradford, while captain Andy Holt is struggling with a knock.

Striker Billy McKay is out for around six weeks after dislocating his elbow while fellow forward Leon McKenzie (knee) trained on Thursday for the first time in recent weeks and could make the squad.

Johnson said: “Leon has been in the physio room since I’ve been here and I’m sure he is as frustrated as everyone else but you do have to manage the injury that he’s got. I’m not sure if he has done enough to be involved on Friday but we will see how he comes through training.”

Torquay boss Paul Buckle will be without Ben Pringle.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who made five appearances during a month-long loan spell at Plainmoor, has returned to parent club Derby to fight for a first-team place.

Damon Lathrope could retain his place in central midfield following an impressive performance during the 3-1 win over Cheltenham in midweek, although Joe Oastler is another option.

Buckle, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is unlikely to make too many other changes following a four-game unbeaten run which has seen his side move into the League Two play-off places.

Striker Billy Kee returned from an ankle injury to make the squad against the Robins and is pushing for a starting berth following a 10-minute run-out.

Midfielder Eunan O’Kane is also available for a recall following a 20-minute cameo.

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