Injury-hit Exeter are sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of the clash against relegation-rivals Oldham.

Experienced goalkeeper Andy Marriott and nine-goal top scorer Adam Stansfield are both doubtful for boss Paul Tisdale.

Marriott missed last week's 2-0 defeat at Brighton with a neck injury, while Stansfield has been out for a month with a knee injury.

Stansfield is poised to return providing he suffers no reaction to his return to training.

Paul Jones was recalled in goal to replace Marriott last Saturday, while on loan West Brom forward Marcus Haber was handed his full debut in a bid to address the Grecians' recent three-match goal drought.

Joe Burnell (groin), Alex Russell (back), Ben Watson (calf) all face a race to be fit, but defender Troy Archibald-Henville (knee) is ruled out for the rest of the season.

Oldham look set to hand Daniel Nardiello a debut in the trip after his loan move from Blackpool.

The Latics are desperate for some additional firepower as they bid to survive relegation and Nardiello is seen as the ideal solution.

The former Manchester United trainee, 27, has won three Wales caps and enjoyed a highly successful loan spell at Bury earlier this season.

He will come into contention for a starting role at St James` Park and boss Dave Penney is further boosted by the return of Jon Worthington after injury.

The combative midfielder is fit again following his recovery from ankle ligament surgery but Jim Goodwin (thigh) and Danny Whitaker (flu) will be assessed after they both missed the past three games.

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