Northampton V Hartlepool at Sixfields Stadium : Match Preview

21 February 2014 01:01
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Collins missing for Cobblers

Northampton will be without skipper Lee Collins for the visit of Hartlepool as they embark on three crucial home games in a week.

The centre-back was on Thursday ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury which has seen him miss the club's last two matches.

Boss Chris Wilder has drafted in Zander Diamond on loan from Burton as cover while Gregor Robertson is also available after a knee problem ruled him out of last weekend's defeat at Fleetwood.

Emile Sinclair, Alan Connell and Brennan Dickenson will be among those pushing for recalls as the Cobblers look to close the five-point gap between themselves and safety.

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper could be tempted to make one or two changes for the first time in four matches.

Cooper has named an unchanged starting line-up for the last three games, but will assess several players who sustained knocks in the midweek draw at Southend.

Defender Neil Austin remains a big doubt due to the toe injury which has kept him out for four games, so Jordan Richards is likely to continue at right-back.

James Poole, Jonathan Franks, Antony Sweeney, Jack Barmby and Michael Duckworth are among those pushing for starts.

Source: PA