Lincoln are boosted by the return of on-loan midfielders Chris Herd and Sam Saunders for the visit of Northampton.

Herd has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury, while Saunders was absent at Torquay last weekend due to a knock he picked up in the previous game with Dagenham.

"Chris Herd came back (from Aston Villa) and trained this week and also Matt Saunders should train too," said City boss Chris Sutton. "The return of those two players is a real boost for us."

Further good news for Sutton is that Davide Somma has extended his loan spell from Leeds until the end of the season and will continue in attack.

Richard Butcher, Clark Keltie and Stefan Oakes will be hoping for recalls in midfield.

Northampton manager Ian Sampson will again be without winger Andy Holt for the trip to Sincil Bank.

Holt was pencilled in for a reserve appearance in midweek as he recovers from a knee injury but pulled out of the game and will continue his rehabilitation on the training ground.

Striker Steve Guinan returned as a substitute during last weekend`s 2-0 win over Morecambe after three months out with a hernia and will again be on the bench as the Cobblers go for a sixth straight win.

Midfielder Kevin Thornton remains out with a knee injury and goalkeeper Chris Dunn is still not fit to return from his own knee problem, so Jason Steele will continue in goal after extending his loan spell from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

The Cobblers moved into the play-offs for the first time since August last weekend and a first win at Lincoln since March 1992 will strengthen their grip.M

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