Football - Top scorer returns for Cobblers

Leading scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa is expected to go straight back into the Northampton team against his former club Gillingham.

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Akinfenwa, who joined the Cobblers from the Kent club in the summer of 2011, will hope to add to his 14 goals this season on his return from a one-match suspension.

Ishmel Demontagnac is the man most likely to make way for the big striker. Demontagnac was recalled against Aldershot last Saturday but substituted at half-time during the 2-0 win at Sixfields.

Northampton's Boxing Day fixture at AFC Wimbledon was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch but manager Aidy Boothroyd believes it might have been a blessing in disguise.

He said: "It was very disappointing. We travelled down Christmas Day and stayed overnight and we didn't see any rain in the time we were at the hotel but the pitch was not playable so there we are.

"We had prepared well, we were ready and we were looking to push on to try and get another good result to continue our Christmas period.

"Every cloud has a silver lining though. There were a few of the lads nursing knocks who might not have played, while Luke Guttridge was set to be in the squad for the first time since recovering from injury and he will have a few more days to prepare."

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