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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Newport County at Fratton Park.

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Danny East: Set for his return

Danny East: Set for his return

Portsmouth defender Danny East has not ruled out a remarkable comeback against Newport - just 10 days after fearing he had broken his neck.

East went to hospital for X-rays after landing awkwardly during the 2-2 draw at home to Wycombe last Wednesday but having got the all-clear he hopes to be involved against the Exiles, although Pompey's medical staff will have the final say.

New boss Richie Barker is without Tom Craddock (knee) for his first game in charge but fellow strikers David Connolly (knee) and Patrick Agyemang (thigh) returned as subs against Wycombe and could start.

Young defender Dan Butler is out with a knee injury while left-back Dan Potts plays the final game of his current loan from West Ham.

Newport will be without goalkeeper Jamie Stephens when they travel to Portsmouth.

The 20-year-old former Liverpool keeper suffered a suspected torn hamstring in the 3-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Peterborough on Tuesday which looks set to sideline him for a few weeks so Lenny Pidgeley is certain to start against Pompey.

Stephens was one of three enforced substitutions against the Posh and manager Justin Edinburgh, who turned down the chance to talk to Saturday's opponents about replacing Guy Whittingham, is sweating on the fitness of Tom Naylor and Andrew Hughes who both had to come off with muscle tightness.

But Ismail Yakubu is available for selection having returned to full training ahead of the trip.

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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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