Northampton v Rochdale preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Northampton Town and Rochdale at Sixfields.

Last Updated: 08/02/13 at 11:42

John Johnson: In contention for Cobblers

John Johnson: In contention for Cobblers

More of the games that matter

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

John Johnson could return to action for Northampton.

Full-back Johnson, who has been an unused substitute recently after several weeks out with a knee injury, played 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors practice match this week.

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd told the media: "John is fit but he's still got some work to do behind the scenes.

"We want to get as many games in for him as we can but he might even be able to build up his match fitness by playing in the first team.

"I wouldn't say that we've missed him because Ben Tozer has been absolutely outstanding, but having Jonno back gives me different options."

Recent signing Roy O'Donovan made his debut as a half-time substitute during the 3-1 defeat at Rotherham last Saturday and the striker could be in line to make his home bow.

O'Donovan, like Johnson, played in the behind-closed-doors game at Stoke on Tuesday afternoon to build up his fitness.

Meanwhile, Boothroyd is keen to sign versatile defender Lee Collins, who has been training with the club, but a deal is unlikely to materialise before the weekend.

Rochdale will be without Bobby Grant as the forward begins a four-match ban.

Grant scored a superb equaliser in Dale's 1-1 draw with Chesterfield last weekend, only to collect his second red card of the season in the closing stages for a late lunge on Sam Togwell.

Terry Gornell may be an option for boss Keith Hill in Grant's absence, but the former Shrewsbury man must recover from a dead-leg he sustained in the goalless draw at Cheltenham a fortnight ago and ruled him out of contention to face the Spireites.

Defender Peter Cavanagh was also absent last week due to a calf strain and will be assessed before the trip.

It is five games since Rochdale tasted victory, with Hill having stopped the rot of three consecutive defeats thanks to back-to-back draws since returning to Spotland as John Coleman's successor.

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

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
19:45
Bury v Southend
Saturday, 25 April 2015
15:00
Burton Alb v Northamptn  
Bury v AFC W'don  
Cheltenhm v Shrewsbury  
Dag + Red v Accrington  
Hartlepool v Exeter  
Mansfield v Portsmth  
Oxford Utd v Cambridge Utd  
Plymouth v Tranmere  
Southend v Luton  

Footer 365

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense".

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling signs new four-year contract

Manchester United have confirmed defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract that keeps him at the club until 2019.

Harry Redknapp criticises Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham

Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino "has been rescued" by the performances of Spurs' young players this season, and has criticised the club's transfer policy.

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

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