Northampton Town to welcome back Widdowson for Aldershot visit

BACK IN ACTION - Joe Widdowson
BACK IN ACTION - Joe Widdowson

Joe Widdowson is set to return to the Cobblers squad for the visit of Aldershot on Saturday (2pm ko) after missing the trip to Torquay United with a dead leg.

Widdowson travelled to Devon but had to pull out of training the day before the game because of a complication with his injury.

Leading goalscorer Adebayo Akinfenwa will definitely miss the fixture with a one-game suspension after collecting a fifth booking of the season in the 1-1 draw at Torquay last weekend.

Ishmel Demontagnac returns to the squad after serving a one-game ban of his own - also for five bookings - at Torquay.

Luke Guttridge is increasing his training but will not be considered for selection yet, while John Johnson and David Artell are not due back until mid-January at the earliest. Johnson has had a second knee operation of the season and Artell is recovering from an Achilles injury.

Alex Nicholls is recovering well from a broken leg but his target for a comeback is pre-season training next summer.

For Aldershot, the only expected absentee is Ben Herd, who serves a suspension for his injury-time sending-off against Rochdale last weekend.

Midfielder Josh Payne, who was recently given a 12-month prison sentence for assault, has had his contract at the club terminated.