Darlington Vs Notts County, Tue 23 Feb 2010

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Bottom club Darlington have no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the visit of Notts County.

Corey Barnes was absent from Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Chesterfield after sustaining an ankle injury in training last week and the youngster is again expected to miss out.

The Quakers looked to be in a commanding position against the Spireites following a brace from Tadgh Purcell but the north east club squandered their two-goal advantage by conceding three late goals.

Manager Steve Staunton will be looking for a positive response from his side, who are currently 13 points away from safety, but he will again have to cope without the services of defender Mark Bower (ankle), midfielder Chris Lumsdon (knee) and Noel Whelan (hamstring).

Leading scorer Lee Hughes could be one of three strikers to return to the Notts County squad for the trip.

The 23-goal forward missed the 1-1 draw with Aldershot through suspension and is expected to go straight back into the starting XI.

Ade Akinbiyi and Karl Hawley were also absent in Hampshire. Akinbiyi should return following a family matter while the Magpies hope Hawley will recover from a bout of flu.

However, captain John Thompson remains a doubt after a thigh injury sustained against Grimsby ruled out the defender on Saturday.

Midfielder Ben Davies, whose injury-time free-kick rescued a point against the Shots, could be rested after needing painkillers to ease a back problem at the weekend.

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John Thompson
Chris Lumsdon
Karl Hawley
Newcastle United
Ben Davies
Lee Hughes
Ade Akinbiyi
League Two
Mark Bower
Notts County

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