Darlington skipper Steve Foster and Paul Arnison could both return to the side for the home game with Northampton.

Foster has fallen victim of a contractual dispute in recent weeks and has missed the last three games, while Arnison has fallen down the pecking order under Steve Staunton.

The Quakers boss has been forced to turn to the experienced duo following confirmation Mark Bower needs surgery to resolve an ankle injury and Dan Groves has a hairline fracture in his foot.

Another experienced defender, Ian Miller, has been nursing a hamstring problem in recent weeks and is not expected to be included.

Staunton will also be without on-loan defender Andrew Milne, who has returned to Leeds after sustaining an ankle injury.

Northampton manager Ian Sampson has received a double boost ahead of the long trip.

Craig Hinton and Abdul Osman are back in contention for the clash with League Two`s bottom club, having recovered from their respective injuries.

Hinton missed last weekend's draw against Port Vale with an ankle injury, while Osman has been out for two months with a back complaint.

Meanwhile, Cobblers boss Sampson has hinted that he may give Joe Benjamin a chance to shine alongside Adebayo Akinfenwa up front.

The Northampton boss told the club's official website: "Joe Benjamin is one who is in my thoughts for the weekend along with a few others.

"We are prepared to give the young players a chance and when they get in the team it is up to them to take their chance."

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