Newport County V Notts County at Rodney Parade : Match Preview

04 May 2017

Alex Samuel misses out as Newport seek to secure League Two status

Loan signing Alex Samuel is missing as Newport seek to secure their English Football League status at home to Notts County.

The 21-year-old forward was carried off on a stretcher after suffering a hamstring injury during last week's 2-1 defeat at Carlisle and has returned to parent club Swansea.

Mitch Rose (knee) could return as Newport seek the win which will keep them up, while striker Lenell John-Lewis is in contention to start after making his first appearance of the season off the bench at Carlisle.

Marlon Jackson and Jaanai Gordon could also feature and Mark Randall is expected to be fit, but Ben Tozer and Jamie Turley are set to miss out.

Notts County's Matt Tootle, sidelined for the last two games by a hamstring problem, has returned to training.

But the defender is unlikely to be risked on Saturday against the 22nd-placed Exiles given his club effectively have nothing left to play for.

Definitely missing will be captain Michael O'Connor, who is set to be out until deep into next season with a knee injury.

The Magpies will finish this campaign either in their current position of 16th or move up to 15th, a spot occupied by a Barnet side who are one point better off.

Source: PAR