Darlington will be boosted by the return to fitness of skipper Ian Miller in time for Monday's home clash with Lincoln.

Miller had been struggling with a hamstring strain, but the Quakers' last two games have fallen foul of the weather, so the central defender has not missed out.

Darlington manager Steve Staunton can also call on Noel Whelan again. The former Leeds striker, who joined the Quakers in October, pulled a hamstring in his first match at Dagenham & Redbridge and has been sidelined since.

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

On-loan defender Nathan Baker is a doubt for Lincoln.

The Aston Villa teenager had to be substituted at half-time during the Imps' home win over Chesterfield so his replacement on Boxing Day - Moses Swaibu - is on standby for a recall to the starting line-up.

Fans favourite Paul Green made his long-awaited return from hip surgery against the Spireites. It was his first appearance of the season so boss Chris Sutton must decide whether the right-back is able to cope with the rigours of playing two matches in three days.

A pitch inspection will take place at the Northern Echo Arena at 9.30am on Monday morning to decide whether the game can go ahead.

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