Notts County are forced to make a change in defence for the visit of Bury with John Thompson suspended.

The centre-half has played a huge part in County keeping seven clean sheets in their last eight league matches but he was booked for the 10th time this season against Rotherham last weekend and begins a two-game ban.

Thompson`s absence is likely to open the door for Jamie Clapham to return to the starting line-up.

Fellow defender Graeme Lee hopes the Magpies can maintain their impressive defensive record, he told the club`s official website: "We know that if we keep clean sheets at the back, the lads we have up front are going to score. It`s brilliant and hopefully we can keep it going on Saturday."

Midfielder Matt Hamshaw and forwards Ade Akinbiyi, Karl Hawley and Delroy Facey are also among those players hoping for recalls.

Bury boss Alan Knill is boosted by the luxury of a virtually full-strength squad for the first time this season.

Striker Ryan Lowe will miss the game as he serves the final game a three-match ban.

But Knill can choose from a fully-fit Andy Bishop, Andy Morrell and Danny Carlton, who has finally recovered from a long-term Achilles injury.

Carlton played 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek against Stockport and also got on the scoresheet.

Defender Efe Sodje is fit again after a leg injury and Paul Scott has also been given the green light to play despite limping out of last Saturday's defeat to Aldershot.

The 2-1 home loss left Bury without a win in seven League Two matches.

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