League Two - Team news: Langmead returns, Akinfenwa to start

Northampton are boosted by the return to fitness of Kelvin Langmead for the play-off clash against Cheltenham.

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Northampton Town v Cheltenham Town (Thursday, 19:45)

Northampton are boosted by the return to fitness of Kelvin Langmead, Clive Platt and Ishmel Demontagnac for the game against Cheltenham.

Captain and centre-half Langmead (knee), striker Platt (calf) and midfielder Demontagnac (hamstring) have all been absent in recent weeks but they resumed training on Tuesday to put themselves in the frame for selection against Cheltenham.

Leading goalscorer Adebayo Akinfenwa and key midfielder Chris Hackett are strong contenders to return to the starting line-up having been rested for recent matches.

Alex Nicholls is the only player who is definitely not available as the striker continues to recover from a broken leg.

The visitors boast an unchanged squad, with defender Harry Hooman Town's only absentee after an infection halted his return from a long-term foot injury.

Striker Paul Benson made his return from an ankle ligament strain as a second-half substitute against Bradford and is again in contention for involvement on Thursday.

Bradford City v Burton Albion (Thursday 19:45)

Meanwhile, Bradford boss Phil Parkinson will recall his big guns ahead of the League Two play-off semi-final first leg with Burton.

"So we need our supporters and we need the players to embrace the situation, embrace the challenge and really have a go at it."

Parkinson rested Gary Jones, Gary Thompson, James Hanson, Nahki Wells and Jon McLaughlan for Saturday's 0-0 draw at Cheltenham, which set up a two-legged tie with the Brewers, but they will all come back into the side at Valley Parade.

Winger Kyel Reid missed the Whaddon Road clash with a groin injury, but he has returned to training and will face a late fitness test to determine whether he will play.

Defender Andrew Davies is definitely out after he was sent off against the Robins and he now serves a one-match ban.

The Bantams beat Burton 1-0 in their final home game of the regular season 10 days ago.

Burton are without Lee Bell and Jack Dyer for the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final against Bradford at Valley Parade.

Suspension and injury respectively will also rule both midfielders out of the return leg on Sunday and the final at Wembley - should Gary Rowett's side reach the May 18 showpiece.

Bell received his second red card of the season during the league meeting with the Bantams 11 days ago and will serve the second game of his four-match ban.

Dyer suffered ankle ligament damage in that 1-0 defeat in West Yorkshire and he faces up to six weeks on the sidelines.

It looks like either John McGrath, who got the nod for the final game of the campaign at home to Gillingham at the weekend, or Lee Fowler will play alongside Robbie Weir in central midfield, although Brewers boss Rowett has not ruled out a change in formation.

"We've got lots of options," he said. "We could play extra players in there, or we've got an opportunity to do things differently with the formation. We can drop Zander Diamond into the back four to make it a back five.

"There are lots of things we can do but the key is we don't want to tinker too much."

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