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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 5,166) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Sheldrake

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Kelvin Langmead: Out through injury

Kelvin Langmead: Out through injury

Team news for Friday's League Two clash between Northampton and Torquay at Sixfields Stadium (kick-off 7:45pm).

Northampton are without skipper Kelvin Langmead.

Langmead underwent surgery on Thursday after a knee injury forced him off after just 12 minutes of the Cobblers' 1-0 home win over Oxford last weekend.

The centre-half, who had been an ever-present in Aidy Boothroyd's team this season prior to that, is expected to regain fitness before the end of the campaign.

Nathan Cameron has been drafted in as cover for Langmead and the 21-year-old, on loan from Coventry, will compete with Lee Collins for a starting role against the Gulls.

John Johnson was also withdrawn against Oxford because of a hamstring strain but the right-back will be fit for Friday night's fixture.

Midfielder Chris Hackett has been playing despite a slight calf strain and Cobblers boss Boothroyd may opt to rest him at some point over the Easter schedule with two matches in the space of four days.

Torquay's long-serving left-back Kevin Nicholson looks set to return to the starting line-up.

With defender Tom Cruise serving a one-match suspension for his dismissal against York last weekend 32-year-old Nicholson, who has been with the Gulls since 2007, is expected to get the nod.

Manager Alan Knill has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip but he remains without Craig Easton who is sidelined with a calf injury.

A number of Knill's squad got some valuable game time under their belt in the Devon Bowl semi-final win over Bideford in midweek. Nathan Craig and Ashley Yeoman, regulars on the bench in recent weeks, scored the goals while Aaron Downes and Ian Morris played for 90 minutes.

Downes was an unused substitute last weekend having returned from suspension while Morris is returning to match fitness after his Achilles tendon injury.

Eight points from their last four match has lifted United five points clear of the drop zone ahead of the Easter fixtures.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39