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).

Last Updated: 20/04/12 at 10:16

Sam: Expected to return for Magpies

Sam: Expected to return for Magpies

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

League One Fixtures

Saturday, 31 January 2015
15:00
Barnsley v Port Vale
Bradford v Colchester
Chesterfld v Doncaster
Coventry v Rochdale
Crawley v Preston
Crewe v MK Dons
Leyton Or v Scunthrpe
Oldham v Notts Co
Peterboro v Yeovil
Sheff Utd v Swindon

Footer 365

David de Gea future key to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford.

Juan Cuadrado backed to shine in Premier League by Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Chelsea-bound Juan Cuadrado has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League.

Les Hutchison's takeover of Motherwell has been ratified

Lanarkshire businessman Les Hutchison has completed his takeover of Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company