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Hartlepool United Vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Mon 5 Apr 2010

Forster ban opens door for Rudd (©PAphotos)
Forster ban opens door for Rudd (©PAphotos).

Norwich will be without goalkeeper Fraser Forster when Stockport come to Carrow Road.

Forster was sent off after just 10 minutes of the 3-1 defeat at Tranmere on Good Friday and begins a two-match ban, meaning youngster Declan Rudd will start against the hapless Hatters.

Rudd has started just two league games in his career to date but will be trusted to deputise while on-loan Newcastle man Forster sits in the stands.

Midfielder Korey Smith missed the Tranmere defeat with a dead leg and will be monitored, while Chris Martin could return to the starting line-up in place of Stephen Elliott.

Defender Zak Whitbread (calf) and striker Cody McDonald (thigh) are both now available but young striker Luke Daley is again on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury.

Defender Jens Berthel Askou is also out as he recovers from a foot problem.

Stockport manager Gary Ablett may be without David Perkins after he picked up a knock against Walsall.

The midfielder limped off during Saturday`s 1-1 draw with Walsall and now looks set to miss this top against bottom clash.

Otherwise, Ablett has no new injury or suspension concerns.

Despite County being near certainties for the drop Ablett is still eyeing new players, having ran the rule over triallists Cedric Ngakam, Goffin Boyoko, Matthew Brown and Adam Vickers last week, although it is unlikely any will be signed for the trip.

The Hatters could go down if they lose and Tranmere win but Ablett will be hoping they can maintain their League One status for as long as possible.

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Topics:
Norwich City
Cody McDonald
Chris Martin
Chris Martin
Luke Daley
Fraser Forster
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League One
Walsall
Matthew Brown
Jens Berthel Askou
Korey Smith
Jens Berthel Askou
Declan Rudd
Zak Whitbread
David Perkins
Stephen Elliott
Tranmere Rovers

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