Macclesfield Town Vs Northampton Town, Wed 20 Jan 2010

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Macclesfield boss Keith Alexander could hand new recruit Craig Lindfield a debut in the rearranged home clash with Northampton.

Alexander recently moved to strengthen his attacking resources by signing the former Liverpool trainee on a short-term contract.

Lindfield`s hopes of making his bow for the Silkmen have so far been scuppered after recent matches against Morecambe, Notts County, Bury and Saturday's originally scheduled clash against the Cobblers fell victim to the weather.

The postponements have at least allowed a number of Alexander`s players to shake off minor knocks, but midfield duo Ross Draper and Hamza Bencherif remain absent.

Draper is nursing a hernia problem and Bencherif suffered a fractured ankle in the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on December 5.

The Algerian is unlikely to feature again before the end of the campaign.

Ian Sampson will have January signing Kevin Thornton at his disposal.

The midfielder was short of match fitness ahead of Saturday`s scheduled clash between the two sides but the decision to postpone the game due to a waterlogged pitch has enabled him to get some crucial work under his belt.

He will now be vying for a place in Sampson`s immediate thoughts along with fellow new arrivals Luke Wilkinson and Stephen O`Flynn.

Central defender Wilkinson and striker O`Flynn have both arrived on loan and will be keen to prove their worth as the Cobblers look to extend their five-match unbeaten run.

Winger Liam Davis (foot) and striker Steve Guinan (groin) have both started running again as they step up their rehabilitation, with Sampson hoping to have the pair available again by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old striker Joe Benjamin has rejoined Eastbourne Borough on loan until the end of the season and will therefore not be available.

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