Northampton will have Leon McKenzie and John Johnson available for their home clash with Stockport.

Striker McKenzie (knee) and defender Johnson (thigh) both missed last week's FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but after training all week boss Ian Sampson expects the pair to be fit.

Sampson will be without Craig Hinton and Steve Guinan as they have joined Luton and Forest Green respectively on loan and Guinan's move could become permanent in January.

Striker Tadhg Purcell remains the only injury absentee and he will not feature again this season as he nurses a knee ligament injury.

The game at Sixfields looks set to beat the freezing conditions and a club statement read: "The club will continue to monitor the ongoing weather conditions but are likely to leave the pitch covers in place until as late as possible on Saturday.

"The temperatures are predicted to rise during Saturday, so the club remain hopeful that the game will go ahead as planned. No pitch inspection is currently anticipated."

Stockport boss Paul Simpson will be without defender Mansour Assoumani through suspension.

Assoumani was sent off in County`s recent 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Port Vale and will be replaced by Jordan Rose.

Stockport this week extended Southampton midfielder Anthony Pulis' loan spell for a third month - until January 4.

He looks set to earn a starting role but rookie goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has returned to West Brom following the end of his loan spell at Edgeley Park.

County`s last match was the home thumping against Vale and Simpson said: "The players have been very disappointed and I think they were a bit embarrassed as well but the focus now is getting a result against Northampton."

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