Northampton Town v Portsmouth team news

TIME OUT - Marc Richards was left out of the Cobblers' side at Shrewsbury as a precautionary measure as he has a minor Achilles injury
TIME OUT - Marc Richards was left out of the Cobblers' side at Shrewsbury as a precautionary measure as he has a minor Achilles injury

The Cobblers will monitor the situation of leading goalscorer Marc Richards in the build-up to Tuesday night’s home game against Portsmouth.

Richards, who has scored 17 goals so far during the current campaign, sat out the 2-1 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday with a sore Achilles, although he did travel to the game.

His place in the side was taken by 18-year-old striker Ivan Toney, who played his first full 90 minutes in more than three months.

“We’ll have a look at him (Richards) in the build-up to the Portsmouth game,” confirmed manager Chris Wilder.

“He maybe could have played at Shrewsbury, but we made a decision on Friday based on the long term.

“We definitely don’t want to be without him for any length of time and so we just gave him a few extra days rest.”

John-Joe O’Toole serves the final game of his three-match suspension for his red card at Mansfield Town, while Kaid Mohamed (foot), Ben Tozer (knee) and Ian Morris (knee) are all also out.