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19 November 2015

Mackail-Smith could return for Stevenage

Boss John Still says Craig Mackail-Smith is a "definitely maybe" to return for the Hatters at Stevenage on Saturday.

The striker has been struggling with a hamstring injury, and hasn't started the Town since the 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient on 20th October. However the 31-year-old has trained this week and could feature at Broadhall Way this weekend.

Nathan Doyle is also back in training but the midfielder isn't expected to be involved against Boro.

Still also has a choice at right-back, with on-loan defender Sean Long in contention to make a return. The 20-year-old was on the bench for last weekend's 2-0 win over Barnet after flying back from Lithuania having represented the Ireland Under-21s. Alex Lawless staked his claim for a start with a performance in that position that impressed the manager - giving Still options in the right-back berth. 

However the manager expressed his concern at Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu's ankle injury - a knock sustained when colliding with an advertising hoarding in the defeat against Plymouth on 24th October. Still admitted that the midfielder's ankle was lucky not to have been broken. He will be unavailable for selection this weekend.

Still also explained that defenders Stephen O'Donnell and Magnus Okuonghae are back in training, and that he expects to name a permanent captain at the end of this month.

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