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Wycombe Wanderers Vs Northampton Town, Sat 16 Apr 2011

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Wycombe captain Gareth Ainsworth remains a doubt to face relegation candidates Northampton.

Ainsworth, 37, missed the 2-2 draw at Oxford last Saturday with a hamstring injury and is struggling to be fit for the visit of the Cobblers.

However, manager Gary Waddock has a ready-made replacement available as fellow midfielder Matt Bloomfield is back in full training after a groin injury.

Veteran defender Chris Westwood returned from a groin strain as a substitute last time out while striker Stuart Beavon - whose father Stuart played for the Cobblers in the 1990s - was replaced during the first half at Oxford with a knee injury but is available.

Left-back Andy Sandell is fit again after a knee problem but midfielder Stuart Lewis has been ruled out for up to three weeks with ankle ligament damage.

Northampton will be without goalkeeper Chris Dunn.

Dunn lasted just eight minutes of the 4-2 defeat at home to Bury last weekend before he was carried off following a collision which left him needing 14 stitches around his eye.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "Chris' injury is a nasty one and he probably won't be available for a couple of weeks. He hasn't been able to have the injury fully x-rayed yet because of the swelling."

Steve Collis will make his first start between the posts while key midfielder Michael Jacobs will return to the starting line-up after recovering from illness.

Defender John Johnson is fit after a thigh problem but captain Andy Holt continues to be troubled by his knee injury, and midfielder Ryan Gilligan is sidelined for the rest of the season following surgery on a long-standing ankle problem.

Striker Billy McKay is out for another month after dislocating his elbow. The Cobblers have not won in 15 games and could find themselves in the relegation zone if they lose at Adams Park.

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Gareth Ainsworth
Matt Bloomfield
Football
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Ryan Gilligan
Stuart Lewis
Michael Jacobs
League Two
Billy Mckay
Chris Dunn
Andy Sandell
Stuart Beavon

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