Stockport boss Gary Ablett is boosted by the return of midfielder David Poole for the home clash with rivals Oldham.

Poole has completed a two-match ban after he was sent off for the second time this season in the recent 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Ablett will check on the fitness of striker Jemal Johnson after he missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

County have been in administration since April 2009 and the Melrose consortium hoping to buy the club hit another stumbling block last week.

The Football League refused to give the consortium the green light to press ahead with their takeover due to "a number of unresolved matters."

Ablett said: "We need investment whether it's local or from anywhere in the world."

Oldham boss Dave Penney is hopeful that winger Joe Colbeck will be passed fit for the trip.

Colbeck missed Saturday's 2-2 draw against Wycombe at Boundary Park through an ankle injury, but he has responded well to treatment.

Midfielder Deane Smalley has been troubled by a back injury but played for 67 minutes on Saturday and should again retain his starting berth.

Jon Worthington is again expected to play no part as he continues his recovery from damaged ankle ligaments.

Striker Lewis Alessandra, who has also recovered from ankle ligament damage, is now on the sidelines through a hip strain.

And on-loan Huddersfield midfielder Jim Goodwin looks certain to miss out again following the recurrence of a thigh injury.

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