Time Battle For Injured Tigers

Last updated : 10 April 2004 By Andy Beill
With Lee Marshall ruled out for the season with a broken leg, City need defensive cover. But Andy Dawson (thigh) and Justin Whittle (calf) are more likely to return to the squad for the Easter Monday trip to Swansea rather than be rushed back.

Jason Price is set to miss the game against his old side at the Vetch Field. He could be facing another couple of weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Marc Joseph missed the 1-1 draw at Kidderminster because of a groin strain. It was more of a precaution for him no to play, but he is still suffering from the injury and could be a doubt for Saturday if he doesn't return to training soon.

Full back Alton Thelwell (foot) and striker Ben Burgess (knee) picked up knocks in that game at Aggborough but are hopeful of being fit to play against Northampton.

With so many injuries it could be an unfamiliar-looking City side that Peter Taylor fields. However, he does have one boost in that captain Ian Ashbee returns after serving a two-match suspension.