Top scorer Lee Hughes returns for Notts County ahead of the visit of automatic promotion-rivals Rotherham.

The 26-goal striker has missed the last two matches through suspension and is expected to go straight back into manager Steve Cotterill`s starting line-up.

Either Karl Hawley or Luke Rodgers - a reported target for MLS side New York Red Bulls - will make way for Hughes` return.

The Magpies suffered no new injury or suspension problems during the goalless draw at Bradford in midweek.

Midfielder Matt Hamshaw and the versatile Jamie Clapham will be hoping for recalls.

Cotterill has won 17 points from a possible 21 from his seven matches in charge as County have soared into second spot from seventh place in the table.

On-loan defender Liam Darville is in contention to make his Rotherham debut at Meadow Lane.

The 19-year-old has joined on loan from Leeds until the end of the season and will be pushing for a place in the squad.

Manager Ronnie Moore has a doubt over midfielder Josh Walker, who extended his loan deal from Middlesbrough until the end of the season on Thursday.

Walker has scored twice in the last three matches but limped out of the midweek win over Macclesfield with a knee injury and could miss out.

Defender Nick Fenton will be absent again and is out for two to three weeks after suffering a calf injury in the 1-0 victory over Bury last weekend.

Fellow centre-back Ian Sharps recovered from a hamstring injury to play the full match against Macclesfield and is set to keep his place in the side.

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