Notts County v Bury preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Notts County and Bury at Meadow Lane (kick-off at 12.30pm).

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Winger Lloyd Sam is expected to be fit for Notts County.

A hip injury forced Sam, on loan from Leeds, to leave the action early in the second half of the goalless draw with fellow play-off contenders Brentford last Saturday.

Lee Hughes could also be in the reckoning after a virus. The veteran striker missed out at Griffin Park but was expected to resume training during the latter part of this week.

Manager Keith Curle could be forced into a defensive change as Julian Kelly is struggling with a hamstring injury. On-loan Nottingham Forest full-back Kieron Freeman would be his likely replacement.

Defenders Stephen Hunt (ankle), Sam Sodje (knee) and Jude Stirling (knee) and striker Jonathan Forte (facial injury) remain out.

Bury boss Richie Barker is set to welcome back David Amoo for the trip.

On-loan Liverpool winger Amoo has not featured for the Shakers since the 2-0 home victory over Tranmere at the end of March due to a groin problem.

Fellow forward Lenell John-Lewis is a doubt with a hamstring injury, but otherwise Barker boasts a clean bill of health ahead of a game where his side can secure their League One status.

With three games to go this season, Bury are nine points above fourth-bottom Wycombe, but their manager is refusing to take anything for granted.

"We will not celebrate until we are mathematically safe," Barker told the Bury Times. "We have to keep our own house in order. We have achieved the target we set out for at the beginning of the season - to get 50 or more points.

"We now have 52 with three games to play and it means we can look up the table, rather than down. At Notts County it will be a difficult game against a team pushing for the play-offs, but it will show our players how good they have to be to reach the next level."

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