Macclesfield Town Vs Crewe Alexandra, Mon 28 Dec 2009

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Macclesfield are hopeful of including new signing Craig Lindfield for the visit of Cheshire rivals Crewe.

The former Liverpool trainee joined the Silkmen on a short-term deal prior to the Boxing Day clash with Shrewsbury, but did not receive the necessary clearance to feature in that game.

Manager Keith Alexander told his club's official website: "We had some problems with the paperwork. The people at the club were in and got his signature on Christmas Eve, we got the full approval of the Football League and Football Association but because his last club was Liverpool, the League also needed to get clearance from the Premier League.

"But the Premier League people went home for Christmas early so they couldn't get the fax through. Hopefully we'll have it sorted from them for the Crewe game."

Emile Sinclair is rated doubtful after limping out of the 2-2 draw against the Shrews with a knock, but fellow striker Ben Wright should continue after shaking off a back injury to play the full 90 minutes at the Prostar Stadium.

Midfielder Lee Bell replaced Sinclair last time out and will hope for more game time following his recent knee injury. Hamza Bencherif remains a long-term absentee with a fractured ankle.

Crewe midfielder Joel Grant is an injury doubt.

Grant had to be withdrawn 10 minutes from the end of the 2-2 home draw against league leaders Rochdale on Boxing Day after sustaining a knock.

It means that caretaker manager Dario Gradi could be forced to change his starting line-up for the first time in five matches.

Should that be the case, Byron Moore - Grant's replacement against Rochdale - could keep the shirt and make his first start since mid-November.

Gradi was able to include Steve Schumacher and Shaun Miller for the first time in a month against Rochdale and the midfielder and striker are expected to be named among the substitutes once more.

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