Stockport boss Gary Ablett is hoping to complete the signings of five new players ahead of the the home clash with Swindon.

The crisis-torn League One outfit have agreed six-month deals with former MK Dons duo Danny Swailes and Richie Partridge.

A current Dons player, striker Jemal Johnson, and Colchester midfielder David Perkins have agreed standard loan deals until the end of the season.

Ablett also hopes to secure the services of another MK Dons forward by bringing Jabo Ibehre to Edgeley Park on an emergency 28-day loan.

Subject to Football League approval all five new recruits could line up against the promotion-chasing Robins.

Stockport will be seek to arrest a horrendous 11-match losing streak in League One but will be without midfielder David Poole through suspension.

Charlie Austin looks to have recovered in time for Swindon but Alan Sheehan will play no part.

Austin is in a rich vein of form and his loss would have been keenly felt by boss Danny Wilson's promotion hopefuls after he injured his neck having landed awkwardly during the second half of Saturday's 3-1 victory over Gillingham.

But despite initial fears he would miss the encounter, the striker trained on Monday and should be in contention. New signing Vincent Pericard is on standby to make his first start alongside Billy Paynter should the youngster not make it.

However, on-loan full-back Sheehan will definitely miss out after he returned to Leeds for scans on the hamstring injury sustained against the Gills. Initial reports suggest he could be sidelined for up to a month.

Alan O'Brien is also continuing his recovery from another hamstring setback and will not feature.

Wilson revealed on Saturday he was hopeful of further bolstering his ranks with "two or three" new faces this week but that is not expected to happen before the trip to Edgeley Park.

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