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Northampton Town Vs Cheltenham Town, Sat 27 Feb 2010

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Northampton midfielder Luke Guttridge could be back in contention for the visit of Cheltenham.

Guttridge missed the 2-0 win at Hereford on Tuesday after picking up a toe injury but could return on the right of midfield as Ian Sampson`s side look to keep the pressure up on the sides in the play-off places.

Top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa went over on his ankle in the first half at Edgar Street but stayed on to score his 13th goal of the season and should be fine.

Midfielder Ryan Gilligan serves the second and final game of his suspension while Kevin Thornton sits out the second of a three-game ban of his own so John Curtis should continue.

Goalkeeper Chris Dunn will be out for another month after knee surgery while striker Steve Guinan is still recovering from a hernia operation.

Cheltenham will hand Matt Thornhill a late fitness test.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder suffered a hamstring strain during Tuesday's heartbreaking last-gasp 1-1 draw against Torquay and was forced off at half-time.

Michael Townsend missed the clash altogether due to a groin injury and he is looking at a couple of weeks on the sidelines.

Skipper Shane Duff (Achilles) made the bench in what was his first taste of matchday action for six months, although he was an unused substitute as he is still lacking match fitness.

And that is again expected to be the case as he continues his steady return with a reserve-team game possibly due to take place next week to aid his recovery.

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