Lincoln will be without veteran defender Ian Pearce for Hereford`s visit to Sincil Bank.

The 35-year-old player-coach suffered a hamstring injury against Rochdale last weekend, leaving boss Chris Sutton with just two fit centre-backs.

With Nathan Baker (ankle) out for another month and Adam Watts (broken leg) for the rest of the season, youngster Danny Hone is set to come into the starting XI. Second-year scholar Greg Enstone, 18, has been drafted into the squad as cover.

Winger James Reid will also be included after joining the club on a non-contract basis.

Star midfielder Chris Herd is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury at Rochdale, Sutton said: "He will be out for a few weeks and that is a big blow for us.

Sutton also confirmed that forward Lenell John-Lewis (hamstring) and midfielder Clark Keltie will miss out.

Hereford have a big question mark surrounding the participation of midfielder Kenny Lunt.

The Bulls, who parted company with manager John Trewick on Monday, left out Lunt for their game against Macclesfield on Saturday because it is thought that, should he play another game, a clause in his contract awarding him a deal next season will be activated.

Lunt has already made 34 appearances in total this season, with chairman Graham Turner - who has assumed control until the end of the season - keeping his cards close to his chest as to the 30-year-old's involvement.

James McQuilken is back from suspension after serving a one-game ban, although on-loan defender Paul Downing is unavailable as he is banned having been sent off against Notts County last month.

The Bulls are 18th in League Two and have won one of their last five outings.

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