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Meadow Lane Stadium (ATT 5,553) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Bond

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Francois Zoko: Could face his former club

Francois Zoko: Could face his former club

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Notts County and Carlisle at Meadow Lane.

Notts County boss Chris Kiwomya is having to manage a handful of players with knocks ahead of the visit of Carlisle.

The fixture list - the Magpies played six matches during February - is beginning to take its toll on Kiwomya's squad but he did not reveal which players might be affected.

Dean Leacock went off injured five minutes from the end of the 4-1 home victory over Bury last Friday but the defender managed to play the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Tranmere on Tuesday night.

Francois Zoko returned to the starting line-up at Prenton Park and he will hope to keep his place in the team against his former club.

Carlisle's visit to Meadow Lane will be the first home match for Kiwomya since he was given the Magpies job on a permanent basis last weekend.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott is hoping winger Matty Robson returns to contention.

Robson, who has been playing at left-back in the absence of Chris Chantler, has missed the last two matches due to a groin injury.

Central defender Danny Livesey started in Tuesday night's home defeat to Walsall despite a head injury and should resume alongside Sean O'Hanlon.

Midfielder Paul Thirlwell could return to the starting line-up as Abbott has hinted at changing from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation, with teenage winger Dave Symington expected to make way.

Abbott has no new injury or suspension worries, but Chantler is out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

The Cumbrians, six points above the relegation zone, are chasing their first league win in five matches.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29