Northampton Town Vs Macclesfield Town, Sat 12 Mar 2011

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Northampton could be without defender Dean Beckwith for Saturday's visit of Macclesfield.

Beckwith had to be replaced at half-time in the 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield in midweek with a groin strain and is a serious doubt.

Ben Tozer was dropped by new manager Gary Johnson on Tuesday - with John Johnson moving from right-back to centre-back - but will return if Beckwith is ruled out.

Striker Billy McKay is out for around six weeks after dislocating his elbow and Leon McKenzie is struggling with his knee problem. Midfielder Alistair Slowe has been released.

Full-back Marcus Hall has missed the last two games through illness while defender Craig Hinton has had an injection in a long-standing knee injury and will be out for around a month.

Midfielder Ryan Gilligan is available after a loan spell at Torquay while new signings Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Jamie Record and Steve Collis could all make their home debuts.

Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson is again without suspended strike duo Ricky Sappleton and Emile Sinclair for the trip.

The pair were sent off along with Wycombe's Dave Winfield during the stormy League Two encounter at Moss Rose, and must now serve the final game of their three-match bans.

Striker Vinny Mukendi could remain sidelined with a knee injury but Simpson will be reluctant to make any changes to his side following the 1-0 home win over Crewe in midweek.

The result eased the Silkmen`s relegation fears and left Simpson in a buoyant mood ahead of the visit to Sixfields.

Simpson said: "The league is so tight that any side that puts together a few games unbeaten will jump up a few places, so that's our aim."

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Dean Beckwith
Steve Collis
Craig Hinton
John Johnson
Ryan Gilligan
Vinny Mukendi
Marcus Hall
Ben Tozer
Leon McKenzie
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Emile Sinclair
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