Byrom misses out on Plymouth trip as he starts two-match suspension

MISSING OUT - Joel Byrom is suspended for the Cobblers' trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday
MISSING OUT - Joel Byrom is suspended for the Cobblers' trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday
  • In-form midfielder Joel Byrom misses trip to Plymouth as he begins two-match ban
  • Marc Richards still not 100 per cent fit due to Achilles problem
  • John-Joe O’Toole available again after serving three-match suspension

Joel Byrom will this weekend begin a two-match suspension for collecting his 10th booking of the season in Tuesday’s win over Portsmouth.

The midfielder will miss Saturday’s trip to Plymouth Argyle (3pm kick-off) and the home game against Tranmere a week on Saturday.

His place in the starting line-up is likely to go to Darren Carter, who is the most natural like-for-like replacement on the books.

Marc Richards could be back in the frame, although he did play 40 minutes on Tuesday despite being well below match fitness with an Achilles injury.

John-Joe O’Toole returns from his three-game suspension for the sending-off at Mansfield on February 14.

Kaid Mohamed, Ian Morris and Ben Tozer are all still sidelined after undergoing various surgeries; Tozer is expected to be the first back.