Notts County manager Hans Backe will welcome John Thompson back into the fold for the home clash against Accrington Stanley.

Thompson was suspended for the Magpies` 2-0 victory over Hereford last weekend after picking up five yellow cards.

Midfielder Neal Bishop played the full 90 minutes against the Bulls following his recovery from an ankle injury so should retain his place in the side, but fellow midfielder Johnnie Jackson (knee) remains out.

Duo Lee Hughes and Luke Rodgers look set to continue in attack after scoring 19 goals between them so far.

Backe's side will be seeking their fourth consecutive win against John Coleman's men but could find the going tough against an away side that remain unbeaten in their past five games in all competitions.

Accrington will welcome back midfielder John Miles and defender Johnny Flynn.

Former Liverpool trainee Miles has been suspended for the past three games following his red card against Barnet on November 28 but should start in place of Luke Joyce.

On-loan centre-back Flynn was cup-tied for the Reds' midweek FA Cup replay at Underhill but should return at the expense of teenager Peter Murphy.

Fellow loanee Dean Bouzanis is likely to start ahead of regular number one Ian Dunbavin, who is still yet to gain full fitness following a knee injury.

However, the game will come a week too soon for Chris Turner, although the winger has returned to light training following ankle ligament damage.

Defender Leam Richardson (groin) remains sidelined until the new year.

Stanley have failed to win on any of their four visits to Meadow Lane since 1958.

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