Stockport boss Gary Ablett looks certain to be without Carl Baker and Nicholas Bignall for the visit of Exeter.

Attacking midfielder Baker has been suffering with a virus since last weekend and on-loan Reading striker Bignall is hampered by a hamstring injury.

Bignall returned to his parent club for a scan earlier in the week which revealed the problem and he will miss this weekend's clash and Tuesday's trip to Colchester.

To compound Ablett's problems, Liam Bridcutt and Oli Johnson are also feeling unwell although the Hatters chief is hopeful both will be fit to face the Grecians.

County have lost their last four League One outings but defender Johnny Mullins, who missed last weekend's defeat at Walsall, is back in training and will return.

Exeter midfielder Neil Saunders and on-loan Tottenham keeper Oscar Jansson are set to return to the Grecians' squad.

The duo missed the 2-2 draw at third placed Colchester last weekend through illness.

However manager Paul Tisdale - who has also been suffering from a virus - is unlikely to make many changes to his side following one of their best performances of the campaign.

As anticipated, experienced striker Marcus Stewart went straight back into Tisdale's starting XI following his return from a one match suspension.

Stewart played in the front three of a 4-3-3 formation alongside goal scorer Stuart Fleetwood and Barry Corr.

City are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions and three in the league going into the clash.

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