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Rodney Parade (ATT 3,757) 18th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Newport Newport County AFC vs Oxford United Oxford Utd

Newport 3

R Howe (45+2)
R Burge (71)
C Zebroski (83)

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Oxford Utd 2

J Constable (14)
A Potter (88)

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Last Updated: 17/02/14 4:14pm

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Ismail Yakubu: A timely return

Ismail Yakubu: A timely return

Team news for Tuesday's League Two clash between Newport County and Oxford United at Rodney Parade.

Newport look set to be boosted by the return of Ismail Yakubu when they host Oxford.

The defender missed out on the 3-0 loss to Hartlepool on Saturday as a precautionary measure after taking a knock to the top of his foot in training last week but the Exiles expect him to be available to face the U's, unbeaten away from home this season.

Justin Edinburgh's men, winless in 2014, were able to introduce Chris Zebroski as a substitute against Pools having been sidelined since November and the striker looks set to be involved once more against his former club.

A string of postponements have meant Rodney Parade has hosted just one football match since Boxing Day and a preliminary pitch inspection will take place at 1pm in south Wales.

Oxford look set to be without Michael Raynes when they travel to Newport.

The defender has been suffering from a hip injury and despite his eagerness to be involved for Saturday's 3-0 win over Mansfield his hip is still sore and he looks set to target Saturday's away trip at Morecambe instead.

Winger Alfie Potter made his long-awaited return to action after an ankle injury as a late substitute in that emphatic victory and he looks set to be involved again while Sean Rigg (calf) will also hope to feature.

Caretaker boss Mickey Lewis takes his side to Rodney Parade looking to protect an unbeaten run on their League Two travels which stretches back to April 1 2013.

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Table

Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39