The task of County claiming only their second victory on their travels will be made tougher by the fact that EIGHT members of Billy Dearden’s already diminished squad could be missing – including Darren Caskey, Ian Baraclough and Tony Barras (suspended), Michael Brough (knee) as well as Richardson, Danny Livesey and Steve Jenkins who have not been able to train this week.
Willis Francis also looks doubtful, after picked up a knock in training during mid-week.
Although it is not all doom-and-gloom for the Magpies as former Derby and Stags midfielder, Adam Murray, has been granted the chance to play for this game – and this game only – on an ‘emergency basis’.
Dearden is expected to decided whether or not he is to recall teenage duo, Danny Bostock and Shaun Harrad from loan spells at Matlock and Gresley, respectively.
The final decision for the line-up will ultimately be decided conditionally on the back of fitness tests, which are expected to take place in the morning. And whilst Richardson and Francis have a reasonable chance of playing, it is considered that Jenkins and Livesey are doubtful.
The Magpies (from): Mildenhall, Jenkins, Richardson, Nicholson, Fenton, Livesey, Baldry, Riley, Murray, Bolland, McFaul, Francis, Stallard, Heffernan, Platt, Bostock, Harrad, Hackworth, Garden.
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