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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Mansfield and Portsmouth at the One Call Stadium.

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Johnny Ertl: Back from suspension

Johnny Ertl: Back from suspension

Stags boss Paul Cox expects to have an unchanged squad for the visit of Pompey.

Ian Deakin and Keiran Murtagh remain the only injury absentees for the Stags. Goalkeeper Deakin suffered a dislocated shoulder during the warm-up against Exeter a fortnight ago and could be out for around another month. Midfielder Murtagh is thought to be three weeks away from fitness as he recovers from a knee problem.

Striker Oliver Palmer will hope his goal from the bench to give Mansfield a 1-0 win at Wycombe will earn him a recall.

The Stags are looking for their first home goal in the Football League since Michael Boulding scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Shewsbury in April 2008.

Portsmouth skipper Johnny Ertl returns to the squad, after sitting out Pompey's last three matches through suspension following his sending off on the opening day of the season.

Ertl is in line to go straight back into the starting line-up as Simon Ferry is struggling with a toe injury suffered against Morecambe last weekend.

Boss Guy Whittingham will otherwise stick with the team which swept the Shrimps aside 3-0 to record Pompey's first win of the campaign.

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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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