Cheltenham continue to be without Lee Ridley for the home clash against bottom club Darlington.

The left-back, who last featured in the 2-0 triumph at Dagenham over four weeks ago, is back in training following his calf injury but is not expected to be considered match fit for another 10 days or so.

However, fellow defender Ashley Eastham returns from suspension having missed last weekend's 4-1 home defeat to league leaders Rochdale.

Winger Marley Watkins has returned to light training after his ankle injury but still remains on the sidelines, as does long-term absentee Shane Duff (Achilles).

Drissa Diallo retired early this week to pursue business interests outside the game, while Claus Jorgensen remains only on trial with the League Two club meaning he will also not be available.

Darlington will be without Noel Whelan, but manager Steve Staunton has no other new injury or suspension problems.

Veteran striker Whelan suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury just three minutes after stepping off the substitutes' bench in the midweek defeat to Northampton and has now played just a little over half-an-hour for his current club after joining in October.

Staunton, who has drafted six new players into his squad since the turn of the year, could be tempted to make a few changes and will assess whether anyone needs resting.

Recent recruits Gary Waite and Tadgh Purcell have both made an early impression in midfield and up front respectively and are expected to continue against Cheltenham, who lie third from bottom , 14 points better off than the Quakers.

Frenchman Mor Diop is expected to partner Purcell up front with Alan White, back in his second spell with Darlington, likely to resume alongside Ian Miller at the heart of defence.

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