Powell and Morias still out for Cobblers as Pierre returns to the fold

Aaron Pierre is available after serving a one-match ban
Aaron Pierre is available after serving a one-match ban

The Cobblers will still be without Junior Morias and Daniel Powell for Saturday’s trip Mansfield Town – but central defender Aaron Pierre is available after suspension.

Boss Dean Austin is hoping there are no other injury concerns, although he did admit one or two players are suffering from aches and sprains.

Morias and Powell are both still out with hamstring injuries, although the latter is close to being in contention again.

Austin said this weekend ‘will probably be a little bit too early’ for Powell, but he could come into contention for next Tuesday’s home date with Bury.

Morias is still a few weeks away, but Austin says the striker is recovering well, and is ‘ahead of schedule’ for his return to the fold as well.

The Town boss made four changes to the starting line-up for last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Notts County but, barring injuries picked up in training, he is likely to go with the same 11 for the trip to Field Mill.

Pierre is available for selection after serving his one-match suspension for his sending off at Port Vale, but after Leon Barnett’s impressive showing against the Magpies, the former Wigan Athletic and Norwich City is set to keep his place alongside Ash Taylor at the heart of the defence.

Mansfield have two former Cobblers players in their squad, but neither will feature at the weekend.

Former Town player of the year Zander Diamond has yet to feature for the Stags this season due to a back problem, while Paul Anderson is fit but out of favour.

He hasn’t played a minute of first team football yet this campaign either.