Plymouth are set to be boosted by the return of fit-again striker Jamie Mackie for Saturday's rescheduled home Championship clash against Barnsley.

Mackie missed Argyle's 3-0 FA Cup knockout at Newcastle and last Saturday's 1-0 home Championship defeat by Crystal Palace following flu.

But the five-goal joint top-scorer returned to training at the start of the week with the expectation he will be fit for selection.

Argyle are also hoping to be boosted by the return of Benin defender Reda Johnson.

Johnson has been on African Nations Cup duty with Benin who have now been knocked out of the competition.

Saturday's re-arranged game follows the 58th-minute abandonment of the original November 28 fixture - the consequence of unrelenting torrential downpours - with Barnsley 4-1 ahead.

Barnsley will be without Bobby Hassell, but manager Mark Robins will otherwise pick from a full-strength squad.

Hassell, sidelined for three months earlier in the season due to an Achilles injury, had surgery to resolve a groin problem earlier in the week and will be out of action for at least a fortnight.

Barnsley will also be without winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who completed a permanent move to Bristol City this week.

Tykes manager Robins is not expected to make many changes to his starting line-up, but strikers Andy Gray and Iain Hume are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

Robins opted to start with midfielder Anderson De Silva on the substitutes' bench last week and could be tempted to recall the Brazilian.

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