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Guttridge: Long-term casualty for Cobblers

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Bristol Rovers welcome back Thomas Parkes from suspension as they look to end their poor home form.

Parkes missed the club's 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham after receiving five yellow cards to trigger a one-match ban and will return straight back into the centre of defence against the Cobblers.

The midweek defeat means Mark McGhee's side have failed to win any of their five home matches in League Two this season. They now must prepare for the visiting Cobblers, who have won just one of five on the road this season.

But Rovers remain without Danny Woodards (toe), Cian Bolger (knee) and goalkeeper Scott Bevan (wrist).

Last season's top scorer Matt Harrold is out for the rest of the campaign due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Northampton were dealt a double injury blow this week.

Luke Guttridge is set for around three months out after suffering a broken bone in his foot early on in the home defeat to Gillingham on Tuesday night. He joins fellow central midfielder Ben Harding (ankle) on the sidelines.

John Johnson also came off against the Gills and the defender will be absent for between four and six weeks as he is now facing a knee operation.

Chris Hackett could replace Guttridge while Danny East, who has extended his loan spell from Hull until January, is likely to come in for Johnson at full-back.

In light of the two injuries, manager Aidy Boothroyd is trying to bring in a loan signing ahead of the trip to the Memorial Stadium.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 03 October 2014
19:45
Burton Alb v Cambridge Utd  
Dag + Red v Exeter  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Bury v Tranmere  
Cheltenham v AFC W'don  
Hartlepool v Carlisle  
Mansfield v Accrington  
Oxford Utd v Newport  
Plymouth v Shrewsbury  
Southend v Morecambe  
Stevenage v Luton Town  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Burton Alb 10 4 22
2 Wycombe 10 7 21
3 Bury 10 8 20
4 Southend 10 5 20
5 Northamptn 10 5 17
6 Morecambe 10 3 16
7 Shrewsbury 10 4 15
8 Portsmouth 10 2 15
9 Cheltenham 10 1 15
10 Luton Town 10 1 15
11 Mansfield 10 -3 15
12 AFC W'don 10 0 14
13 Stevenage 10 0 14
14 Plymouth 10 3 13
15 Newport 10 1 13
16 Accrington 10 -5 13
17 Exeter 10 -3 12
18 Cambridge Utd 10 2 11
19 Dag + Red 10 -4 11
20 Tranmere 10 -2 9
21 York City 10 -4 9
22 Hartlepool 10 -9 8
23 Oxford Utd 10 -4 7
24 Carlisle 10 -12 6

Updated Mon, 29 Sep 2014

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