Oldham boss Dave Penney will be without midfielder Dean Furman when his struggling side host Brentford.

Furman collected his 10th booking of the season in the 2-0 home defeat against Brighton in the Latics' last outing and must now serve a two-match ban.

Midfielder Andy Holdsworth remains a long-term absentee with an ankle injury but Penney has no other major concerns.

Dale Stephens looks set to be passed fit to line up in midfield and midfielder Danny Whitaker, who took a painful blow to the foot against Brighton, is also expected to be available.

Winger Chris Taylor has been troubled by groin/hamstring problems for much of the season but he looks set to be given the green light to continue playing.

Lionel Ainsworth could return to an otherwise unchanged Brentford squad.

The on-loan Huddersfield forward missed out at the weekend as the Bees took a giant step towards securing their League One status with a 1-0 home win over rivals Leyton Orient.

However, boss Andy Scott could make changes to his starting line-up. David Hunt and Ben Strevens, substitutes against the Os, will be hoping for recalls along with Danny Foster. Karleigh Osborne and Carl Cort are likely to remain on the bench.

Scott is still without defenders Mark Phillips and Ryan Dickson. Centre-half Phillips has suffered a recurrence of his knee injury and left-back Dickson has a hamstring problem.

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