The former Barnsley full-back has missed his side's last seven matches with a foot injury but has been cleared to return to training after scans.

Marc Joseph has filled on the right-hand side of Ronnie Moore's defence but Tonge could challenge him for a place against Steve Staunton's men.

Moore will not be able to call on the services of Adam Rundle, though, with the winger returning Rochdale after his loan deal expired.

Paul Warne remains out with an ankle injury and is not going to be fit for two weeks, while Andy Liddell (Achilles) is a long-term casualty.

Nick Fenton is also missing, with the defender set to serve the third of a four-game suspension.

Darlington are boosted by the return to contention of former Leeds striker Noel Whelan and experienced defender Ian Miller.

Whelan joined the Quakers in October, but pulled a hamstring in his first match at Dagenham & Redbridge and has been sidelined since.

Miller would have missed the postponed game against Northampton last weekend due to a hamstring problem, but is expected to return to Steve Staunton's starting line-up.

But Staunton is still without summer signing Mark Bower, sidelined for three months following surgery to repair ankle ligament damage and midfielder Dan Groves, who will be out for eight to 10 weeks with a hairline fracture in his foot.

Darlington, nine points adrift at the foot of the table, are chasing their first league win in nine matches.

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