City take on Kettering in their FA Cup first round replay with a couple of injury worries. Jamaican international Theodore Whitmore has failed to recover from the groin injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Carlisle. Clint Marcelle picked up an ankle injury in that game, and will also be unfit, paving the way for a return to the starting eleven for John Eyre, who will likely partner David Brown up front. In defence, City are unchanged, with captain Justin Whittle unlikely to be risked after recovering from injury. Greaves, Brabin and Philpott are expected to once again form the midfield three.
Kettering, now four points adrift at the bottom of the Conference, have recently added two strikers to their frail squad. Darren Collins has returned to Rockingham Road, while 39 year old former French international Amara Simba has also joined the Poppies from Kingstonian. Kettering boss Peter Morris, heavily criticised in recent weeks by supporters, will hope to bring the two up to Boothferry Park, though what role they will play is uncertain, as is the future of Dale Watkins, whose place is now under threat. The winners of the replay will face Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the second round on December 9th.