Paul Simpson has numerous concerns to contend with ahead of Shrewsbury`s home encounter against Lincoln.

Shrews, six points adrift of the top seven, go into the clash needing all three points to keep alive any faint hopes of gatecrashing the play-off places. Lincoln meanwhile find themselves on the fringes of a relegation battle but victory could see them safe this weekend.

Town midfielder Benjamin Van den Broek is nursing a tight hamstring after an impressive contribution as a 61st-minute substitute in the goalless draw against Cheltenham on Tuesday and his fitness will be monitored over the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a sickness bug has hit the club this week affecting several players including striker Dave Hibbert and defender Kelvin Langmead and Simpson will again check on the players concerned as late as possible.

Captain Graham Coughlan (thigh), midfielder Craig Disley (ankle) and Jake Robinson (ligament damage) are all still in recovery but could be back in full training by the end of the month.

Striker Kris Bright grabbed a brace to help Town`s reserves to a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and he will be pushing for involvement along with youngster Tom Bradshaw, while Steve Leslie is also hoping for a start having come off the bench of late.

Fellow forward Nathan Elder will return to the club on April 24 when his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon comes to an end.

Lincoln travel to the Prostar without defender Moses Swaibu and on-loan midfielder Chris Herd.

Both players are set to miss the remainder of the season after suffering injuries in the midweek defeat to Notts County.

Swaibu has suspected broken ribs following the challenge on Magpies forward Craig Westcarr that resulted in him being shown a straight red card. He would miss the rest of the campaign anyway as that was his second dismissal of the season and he faces a four-match suspension.

Herd has returned to Aston Villa for treatment after scans revealed he sustained medial ligament damage.

Paul Green is also a doubt as the defender has a sore ankle following the County clash.

However, some good news for boss Chris Sutton is that midfielder Richard Butcher has resumed training after a hamstring strain.

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