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Fratton Park (ATT 15,426) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

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Last Updated: 27/12/13 3:29pm

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Simon Ferry: An injury doubt

Simon Ferry: An injury doubt

Team news for Sunday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Northampton Town at Fratton Park.

Bondz N'Gala returns from suspension for Portsmouth's clash with Northampton.

But the defender may have to settle for a place on the bench after Pompey collected their first win under new boss Richie Barker on Boxing Day, beating Dagenham 1-0.

Romain Padovani was handed his first start since August by Barker and responded with the winning goal so he is set to keep his place in midfield.

Simon Ferry and Marcos Painter went off with knocks against the Daggers and will be checked over while Shaun Cooper (hamstring), Andy Barcham (thigh) and Tom Craddock (knee) are set to miss out again.

Izale McLeod is doubtful for managerless Northampton's trip to Portsmouth while Darren Carter misses out due to suspension.

On-loan striker McLeod will be assessed having been forced off due to injury shortly after half-time in the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat at Burton - Andy King's first match as caretaker boss following the sacking of Aidy Boothroyd.

Midfielder Carter picked up his fifth booking of the season at the Pirelli Stadium and now serves an automatic one-match suspension.

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Ian Morris and Clive Platt have been ruled out for around a month due to injury and again miss out, joining long-term absentees Kelvin Langmead (knee), Lewis Hornby (back) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg) on the sidelines.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6