Northampton v Fleetwood preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton and Fleetwood at Sixfields Stadium.

Last Updated: 04/01/13 at 14:42

Carlisle: Expected to start against Fleetwood

Carlisle: Expected to start against Fleetwood

More of the games that matter

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

Northampton have no new problems ahead of the visit of Fleetwood.

The Cobblers have, meanwhile, signed former skipper Clarke Carlisle on a permanent deal before the weekend.

Carlisle, whose second loan spell at Sixfields concluded with the win over Aldershot on December 22, was a free agent after his six-month contract at League Two rivals York expired.

The centre-half, 33, is expected to go straight back into the matchday squad on Saturday after missing the New Year's Day win over Dagenham because he could not be registered as the transfer window was closed.

Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws' deal expires after the game against the Cod Army while Northampton's other three other loan players - Danny East (Hull), Henoc Mukendi (Liverpool) and Chris Smith (Swindon) - have all now returned to their parent clubs.

Injured defenders John Johnson (knee) and David Artell (Achilles) are scheduled to resume full training on Monday.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander has no new injuries among his squad.

The Cod Army are unbeaten in five games under Alexander, who will chase back-to-back wins for the first time as boss on the back of last weekend's 2-0 triumph over high-flying Port Vale.

Long-term knee injury victim Anthony Barry returned to the matchday squad to be an unused substitute against the Valiants and is pushing for inclusion once more.

Fellow defender Youl Mawene remains around a fortnight away from a return to action as he regains fitness following a broken foot, while veteran striker Jon Parkin (hamstring) is looking at a similar timescale.

On-loan Blackpool duo Barry Ferguson and Tom Barkhuizen have returned to Bloomfield Road.

Forward Andy Mangan (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

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 Two Fixtures

Saturday, 03 January 2015
15:00
Burton Alb v Shrewsbury  
Dag + Red v Bury  
Exeter v Accrington  
Morecambe v Stevenage  
Newport v Carlisle  
Northamptn v Southend  
Oxford Utd v Cheltenhm  
Wycombe v Hartlepool  
York City v Plymouth  
Thursday, 08 January 2015
19:45
Luton v Shrewsbury  

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho believes the title race is still wide open

Fernandinho is remaining positive over Manchester City's title chances despite losing a 2-0 lead to Burnley.

Barclays Premier League: Frank de Boer's agent denies talk of move to Newcastle

Frank de Boer, who has been linked with Newcastle, is staying with Ajax, his agent has told Sky Sports News HQ.

Scottish football: Hibs have announced fans will own 51 per cent of shares in the club

Hibernian have announced that supporters will have the opportunity to own 51 per cent of the shares in the club.

Mail Box

Hang On, Does Mourinho Have A Point?

Jose Mourinho has an unexpected ally in the afternoon mailbox, which defends his complaints over refs targeting Chelsea players. Plus, thoughts on Arsenal and more...

What's Happened To Everton And Martinez?

There aren't many people still talking about how the Spaniard is better than David Moyes. Plus, thoughts on Jose Mourinho's moaning and Spurs at least being very fit...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property