Northampton caretaker manager Malcolm Crosby will be without left-back Liam Davis for the visit of Shrewsbury.

Crosby takes charge for the first time since the sacking of Ian Sampson and will not have Davis available as he continues to nurse an Achilles injury.

Crosby has hinted that he will not make major changes but is boosted by the return of January signing Shaun Harrad.

Striker Harrad missed the 3-2 defeat at home to his former club Burton, which saw the end of Sampson's 17-year stay at Sixfields, through suspension, but he should start.

Defender Craig Hinton has had an injection in a long-standing knee injury this week and he will be out for around a month.

Midfielder Ryan Gilligan has returned from his loan at Torquay a week early after suffering a family bereavement but cannot play until the Macclesfield game on March 12.

Shrewsbury welcome back influential skipper Ian Sharps.

The centre-back was suspended for Tuesday`s 3-0 home defeat to Bury but has now served his one-match ban and is likely to replace Connor Goldson, who came in to make his full League debut.

Shrews were not as bad as the convincing midweek scoreline suggests and manager Graham Turner is likely to resist from ringing the changes, although he may op to tinker with his line-up.

Forwards Tom Bradshaw (ankle), Nathan Elder and Benjamin van den Broek (both knee) along with defenders Kelvin Lomax (ligament) and David Raven (hip) all got more minutes under their belts for the reserves on Wednesday.

Van den Broek and Lomax both made the bench against Bury and, with each of the quintet at different stages in their respective recoveries, Turner must again decide who is ready to be involved at Sixfields.

Full-back Jermaine Grandison will be assessed after he came off four minutes from time against the Shakers nursing a knock, while midfielder Sean McAllister continues to recover from his hernia operation.

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