Football - County relishing return to action

Notts County are hopeful of playing their first football since New Year's Day when they host Sheffield United at Meadow Lane.

PA Sport

The Magpies' second-round FA Cup exit at the hands of Rotherham and last weekend's postponement at Portsmouth have left Keith Curle's squad kicking their heels in recent weeks.

Despite snow and ice in the Nottingham area, the Meadow Lane pitch passed a Friday inspection, but will be assessed once more on Saturday morning.

Andre Boucaud is available having returned to the club on a permanent basis following the midfielder's successful loan spell from Luton.

The extended break leaves Curle with no further major injury worries among a squad that is much lighter than last time they were in competitive action.

Since the 2-1 home defeat to MK Dons, Chris Iwelumo, Carl Regan, Tom Williams, Lee Hughes, Jordan Stewart and Damion Stewart have all left the club.

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