Defender Gary Liddle is back from suspension and fully prepared for a potential return to first team action in this weekend’s Meadow Lane encounter with Stevenage (3pm kick-off).
Liddle has missed the Magpies’ last three fixtures through suspension, following an unfortunate red card for a high challenge in the opening day clash with Sheffield United.
The reliable number four, who played every minute of league action in 2012.13, has found it tough having to watch from the sidelines.
But, having featured in the development squad last week, he is feeling sharp and hoping to be included in the starting 11 to face Boro on Saturday.
“It’s been like an extended pre-season, as it will be three weeks when Stevenage comes about,” he told Magpie Player.
“I just can’t wait now, I’m looking forward to it and I’m counting down the days this week, that’s for sure.
“It’s been frustrating watching and coming off the back of playing every minute of every game.
“There’s still plenty of games left this season but I’ll still play well over 40-odd games.
“I’m just looking forward to getting back into action against Stevenage, hopefully.
“The manager’s been short of numbers at the back and he’s had to chop and change people in certain positions.
“I think that’s contributed towards results really and I think if we’d had everyone available for selection, we’d have given it a really good go in this start of the season and got some results.”
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