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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Chesterfield and Northampton Town at Proact Stadium.

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Talbot: Misses out for Spireites

Talbot: Misses out for Spireites

Chesterfield will be without Drew Talbot.

Talbot suffered a broken toe against Wycombe last weekend and the versatile 26-year-old is expected to be out for around a month.

Manager Paul Cook's squad has been hit by a virus, but the Liverpudlian stopped short of naming those players affected.

Brennan Dickenson has returned to Brighton following the end of his loan spell while fellow forwards Luis Boa Morte and Craig Westcarr left the club this week.

However, Cook hopes to re-sign MK Dons winger Jay O'Shea in time for Saturday's game.

O'Shea played the final match of his loan spell at Wycombe, scoring the Spireites' goal in their 2-1 defeat at Adams Park.

Cook is optimistic about his chances of bringing the Irishman back to the Proact Stadium on a permanent basis, describing the deal as "very close" to being completed.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd is expected to name an unchanged side.

The Cobblers reported no fresh problems following the 3-1 home win over Fleetwood last weekend.

Jake Robinson sustained a large gash to a shin against the Cod Army but the forward has trained all week and will feature.

Long-term absentee David Artell is back in full training, along with fellow defender John Johnson, following an Achilles injury.

Boothroyd wants to give both players a run-out in a practice match before committing them to first-team action, though.

Northampton will take extra caution over the return of Johnson after he suffered a setback on his playing return in November. The right-back has since undergone a second knee operation.

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League Two Fixtures

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  
Plymouth v AFC W'don  
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd  

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 43 8 71
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 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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