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Danny East: Set for his return

Danny East: Set for his return

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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, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool
Carlisle v Oxford Utd
Luton v Northamptn
Newport v Accrington
Plymouth v Cheltenhm
Shrewsbury v Portsmth
Southend v Bury
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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