Darlington Vs Lincoln City, Tue 9 Feb 2010

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Darlington midfielder Jeff Smith is expected to overcome injury in time for his side's home clash with Lincoln.

Smith sustained a dead-leg in Saturday's win over Rotherham and was forced out of the action in the 85th minute, but should resume alongside Gary Dempsey, Gareth Waite and Tadgh Purcell in the Quakers' midfield.

Manager Steve Staunton has no new injury or suspension problems as his side chase back-to-back league wins for the first time this season in their bid to close the gap on second-bottom Grimsby to three points.

Midfielder Chris Lumsdon has returned to full training following a knee injury but is not yet ready for first-team action, while defender Mark Bower (ankle) and striker Noel Whelan (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Lincoln will make a late decision over Chris Herd's fitness ahead of the clash.

The midfielder returned from a groin problem to play in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield but was taken off as a precaution after 56 minutes. Herd has since been receiving treatment and is rated as 50/50 to feature.

Nathan Baker is still struggling with an ankle problem and is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks, while fellow defender Adam Watts is rated 50/50 due to a hamstring problem.

If Watts fails to make it, Moses Swaibu and Danny Hone will be likely to retain their places in the starting XI.

The Imps will be looking to put an end to their three-match winless run.

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