Stockport County Vs Leeds United, Mon 28 Dec 2009

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Stockport are boosted by the return of talismanic striker Carl Baker for their home game against league leaders Leeds.

Baker has missed County's last three games through suspension following his red card against Charlton.

Manager Gary Ablett has revealed he expects the forward to move to Championship side Coventry in the January transfer window, so the clash with Leeds is likely to be one of Baker's final appearances for the club.

Michael Rose will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the 4-1 Boxing Day defeat at MK Dons.

On-loan Chelsea youngster Liam Bridcutt is also likely to miss out as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.

County have lost their last 10 League One games and are rooted to the foot of the table.

Leeds skipper Richard Naylor is a big doubt. Naylor, who only returned to the side three games ago following a month's lay-off due to a calf injury, was forced out of the action in the 80th minute in the Boxing Day win over Hartlepool.

If he fails to make it Lubo Michalik is ready to step in to partner Patrick Kisnorbo at the heart of defence.

Andrew Hughes is another injury doubt for Leeds after he sustained a knock against Hartlepool, so Bradley Johnson and Tony Capaldi, on loan from Cardiff, are on stand-by.

Manager Simon Grayson, who has no other new injury or suspension problems, must decide whether to recall on-loan QPR midfielder Hogan Ephraim, left out of the matchday squad altogether on Boxing Day, as Leeds look to extend their unbeaten league run to 10 matches.

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Patrick Kisnorbo
Milton Keynes Dons
Andrew Hughes
Liam Bridcutt
Richard Naylor
Bradley Johnson
Hogan Ephraim
League One
Carl Baker
Cardiff City
Tony Capaldi
Andrew Hughes
Michael Rose
Queens Park Rangers
Leeds United
Coventry City
Charlton Athletic

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