City take on Darlington with the prospect of leading scorer Theodore Whitmore being unavailable for selection. The Jamaican international missed training after incurring a groin injury which has not yet cleared up. However, John Eyre looks likely to be fit, despite struggling through the week with a back injury. It was initially expected that he would miss at least the next two games, but the injury appears to have suddenly cleared up. Captain Justin Whittle is approaching fitness, but the knee ligament damage sustained at Exeter last month is not fully healed, so Jason Perry will once again take his place in the heart of the defence. Despite suffering from injury problems lately, Mark Greaves will be fit to play in the midfield.
It will be a tough game for City, but one they should be looking to win. Darlington are two places below the Tigers, in 14th, and travel quite poorly, with only six of their twenty points coming away from home. They have recently signed Scotland Under-21 striker Kevin Kyle on a month’s loan from Sunderland to bolster their less-than-impressive attack. However, midfielder Gary Himsworth and defender Paul Heckingbottom have both been declared unfit. With Dutchman Tom Kaak leaving Feethams last week, Darlo boss Gary Bennett has a few selection problems on his hands.