Newport hope for Joss Labadie boost



Posted Thursday, May 09, 2019 by PA

Newport hope for Joss Labadie boost

Newport manager Michael Flynn is hopeful Joss Labadie will be available for their League Two play-off tie against Mansfield.

Labadie missed the last six games of the season with a gashed ankle but is close to fitness ahead of Thursday’s match.

Ben Kennedy also missed last week’s draw with Morecambe with a knock and could come into contention.

Newport will go into the play-offs without a reserve goalkeeper as Nick Townsend remains sidelined and rules do not permit an emergency loan with Joe Day fit.

Mansfield have been dealt a significant blow with defender Matt Preston ruled out of both legs with his second concussion of the season.

Preston, who has made 45 appearances this season, was hurt in a collision with MK Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls last week.

Ben Turner, who replaced Preston, is expected to start in his place.

Preston joins Bobby Olejnik (knee ligaments), Craig Davies (ankle), Hayden White (broken leg) and Jordan Graham (knee) in the treatment room.

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