Aldershot midfielder Ben Harding is expected to return to the starting line-up when Kevin Dillon`s side take on Lincoln.

Harding missed the 2-1 win at Cheltenham last weekend after being struck down with flu but he is back in training and available for selection.

Defenders Andy Sandell (hamstring) and Anthony Charles (groin) should keep their places after returning from injury at Whaddon Road, but right-back Ben Herd is still out with a damaged ankle.

Midfielder Oliver Bozanic has returned to Reading at the end of his loan spell so Anthony Straker may be asked to continue in the centre, while John Halls is another option.

The former Reading and Stoke man came off the bench last week to make his first appearance since mid-December after recovering from a groin injury and could play a key part in the Shots` bid to secure a play-off spot.

Midfielder Sam Saunders and defender Nathan Baker are struggling to be fit for Lincoln.

Both players are nursing knocks - Baker`s forced him to miss the 1-0 home win over Bury last weekend that saw the Imps secure their Football League status.

Lenell John-Lewis, Paul Connor, Shane Clarke and Richard Butcher are vying for recalls to the starting line-up.

Winger Michael Gordon will not be involved as his contract is set to be cancelled by mutual consent.

With City safe from relegation, manager Chris Sutton believes the pressure is now off his side.

He said: "It should give them a little more freedom to play. We have a young squad and they have been under a bit of pressure but that has been lifted now."

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