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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton and Exeter at Sixfields Stadium.

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Huws: Set for Cobblers bow

Huws: Set for Cobblers bow

On-loan midfielder Emyr Huws is primed for his Northampton debut.

The 19-year-old has been borrowed from Premier League champions Manchester City until January, with Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd hailing the move as a big coup for his League Two side.

It is not certain he will acquire a starting berth against the Grecians, though, as Boothroyd was impressed with the XI which defeated Colchester 2-1 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

The ex-Watford boss admitted it was difficult to change a winning team in his pre-match press conference, but the return of Danny East and Clive Platt could force his hand.

Defender East missed out against the U's due to a shoulder injury and must pass a late fitness test before his involvement is determined.

Striker Platt has been troubled by a persistent calf problem, but has been in training this week.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale is sweating over the fitness of Alan Gow and Scot Bennett.

Striker Gow has been having treatment on an ankle injury but should return while Bennett is a bigger doubt as he continues to struggle with a leg problem.

Matt Oakley and Tommy Doherty both returned for last weekend's defeat to Port Vale and should retain their places having come through the match unscathed.

Midfielder Liam Sercombe is expected to be restored to the starting line-up. He returned to the bench in that fixture after recovering from an ankle injury but is now pushing for a recall to the first XI.

The Grecians have lost three of their last four fixtures but have actually won four of their five matches on the road.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Burton Alb v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Bristol R
Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
15 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
16 Accrington 43 -3 51
17 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 42 -9 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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