Football - Stewart suspended for Magpies

Damion Stewart is unavailable for Notts County's Boxing Day trip to Shrewsbury through suspension.

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The former QPR defender was due to start his three-match ban against Leyton Orient on Saturday, but with the match being postponed due a waterlogged pitch, his suspension begins with the Shrews clash.

Fellow centre-back Dean Leacock may benefit from the postponement as he moves closer to a return to action following a hamstring injury.

Leacock and Lee Hughes, who has missed the last two matches through illness, will both hope to recover in time for the game.

Krystian Pearce has not featured for the Magpies since returning from a loan spell at Barnet but is an option to manager Keith Curle should Leacock miss out.

Following back-to-back defeats, Curle will be hoping for a response from his players to get their promotion push back on course.

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