Darlington striker Tadgh Purcell hopes to shake off an ankle injury in time for the last game of the season against play-off-chasing Dagenham & Redbridge.

Purcell, the club`s leading goalscorer with nine goals despite only arriving in January, has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury.

Young Michael Smith, who scored in his second start for the club last week, will partner Chris Moore if Purcell misses out.

Skipper Ian Miller is also hoping to be fit after playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks with a hernia.

The central defender, who made a goalscoring return in the 2-0 win at Macclesfield last week, could be replaced by Mark Bower if he fails to make it.

Relegated Darlington have won three of their last nine league games under manager Simon Davey.

Paul Benson will continue in attack for Dagenham & Redbridge as they look to secure a play-off place.

The striker wore a Zorro-style protective mask to guard his broken nose last weekend against Hereford and he will wear it again after scoring against the Bulls.

The Daggers lost the last game of last season when needing a draw at home to Shrewsbury to reach the play-offs but will make up for that heartache with a win at already-relegated Darlington.

Midfielder Peter Gain sits on 14 bookings knowing one more will keep him out of the play-offs while defender Will Antwi is back in training after four months out with an ankle injury and could be on the bench.

Midfielder Stuart Thurgood is still struggling with a knee injury that threatens to end his season.

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