Macclesfield boss Keith Alexander could hand new recruit Craig Lindfield a debut in the home clash with Northampton.

Alexander recently moved to strengthen his attacking resources by signing the former Liverpool trainee on a short-term contract.

However, Lindfield`s hopes of making his bow for the Silkmen have so far been scuppered after recent matches against Morecambe, Notts County and Bury fell victim to the big freeze.

The postponements have at least allowed a number of Alexander`s players to shake off minor knocks, but midfield duo Ross Draper and Hamza Bencherif remain absent.

Draper is nursing a hernia problem and Bencherif suffered a fractured ankle in the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on December 5.

The Algerian is unlikely to feature again before the end of the campaign.

Northampton manager Ian Sampson could hand debuts to Luke Wilkinson and Stephen O`Flynn for the trip.

Centre-back Wilkinson has arrived on a month-long loan deal from Portsmouth while striker O'Flynn has signed until the end of the season from Irish side Limerick and both could feature against the Silkmen.

Fellow new signing Kevin Thornton will not travel, however, as he is not yet up to match fitness after a spell in non-league with Nuneaton.

Full-back Paul Rodgers returns after missing the excellent 2-0 win at Bournemouth thanks to a one-match suspension but is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Winger Liam Davis remains sidelined with his foot injury while striker Steve Guinan could be out for another fortnight as he recovers from groin surgery.

Sampson will be looking to extend the club's unbeaten run to six games as the platform for an improbable surge toward the play-off places.

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