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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

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Thu, 24 Apr 2014

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