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Nolan: Dennis set for bow

New signing ready for first run-out

19 July 2018

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan says Kristian Dennis will make his first pre-season appearance this weekend.

The forward, who scored 21 goals for Chesterfield last season, missed the Magpies' opening three friendlies due to injury.

But Nolan is now in a position to field the front man - and is likely to do so against Leicester City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

"He's back," said Nolan. "We were gutted when we realised he wasn't going to be with us for the last week or two but he's come back and really had a good go.

"He's settled in well with the lads and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play at the weekend.

"He comes alive in the box. What we've got to do is make sure we're ready to supply him with lots of touches in that area. I'm sure he'll get his rewards.

"But it's the same with the others. Jon Stead is at the front in all the running at the minute. You wouldn't have thought he's 35 - it's unbelievable. He's come back absolutely flying.

"Kane Hemmings looked really sharp when he came on last week, too.

"It's competition for places - it's what we want."

While the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy are unlikely to make the trip to Meadow Lane following their respective World Cup campaigns, Claude Puel will nevertheless be bringing a squad of top-class players to Meadow Lane.

New signings James Maddison and Jonny Evans could both make an appearance, while the likes of Demarai Gray, Leonardo Ulloa and Christian Fuchs are also on the squad list.

"They're going to be very strong," said Nolan. "We're expecting a decent side who will give us a good test.

"Whoever turns up, we'll treat them with the utmost respect. They're Leicester City - they won the Premier League a couple of years ago so to have them at our ground shows how far we've come as a club over the last 18 months.

"I'm looking for the lads to not switch off as much as they did against Derby - they've had another tough week so they're going to be playing with tired minds, but I'm looking for us to relax and to try and keep the ball in certain areas.

"When we kept it against Derby, we did some good stuff with it.

"We've tried to drill a few things into them and hopefully that will bode well for Saturday."

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