PREVIEWS OF LDV GAME
Stags ring the changes for LDV
KEITH Curle looks set to ring the changes for tonight's visit of Second Division Stockport County in the LDV Vans Trophy first round (7.45pm).
But he stressed it wouldn't be a case of simply blooding youngsters or taking the game anything less than seriously.
"I will put out a team that will be competitive and give Stocpport a game," said Curle.
"Obviously I am mindful that we have a very important game at Doncaster on Saturday so I may give some players a game tonight who would not have been starting had it been a League match.
"But they will all be first team players and I have full faith in them. They will give 100 per cent to make sure we win."
Visitors Stockport recently sacked manager Carlton Palmer and John Hollins is now in temporary charge.
And, after two draws and three defeats he finally achieved his first win last Saturday, 2-1 at Swindon.
"This will be a good test for us," said Curle. "There has been a lot of unrest and upset up there, but they are still a Second Division club."
Stags will not risk Junior Mendes (hip) or Bobby Hassell (ankle) but both could be fit in time to face Doncaster.
Rhys Day is available again after suspension but Iyseden Christie sits out the second of his two-game ban.
Admission prices are reduced this evening with adults £10, OAPs £5 and U16s £2.
Preview: Mansfield v Stockport County
Mansfield manager Keith Curle will welcome back Rhys Day from his one-match suspension ahead of the clash with Stockport.
Day is expected to be added to the squad for the LDV Vans Trophy first-round clash against the Second Division side.
However, frontman Iyesden Christie, who was also sent off at the Abbey Stadium, will miss the match while serving the final instalment of his two-game ban.
Fellow striker Junior Mendes is also expected to be missing from the line-up after suffering a stomach strain and defender Bobby Hassell continues to be hampered by an ankle injury.
Luke Beckett, Jon Daly and Aaron Lescott (all knee) remain sidelined for Stockport.
However, striker Daly would be suspended for the clash with their Third Division opponents even if he had been fit.
The Hatters sustained no new injuries in their weekend win at Swindon and Martin Pemberton, playing his first game since August after a medial knee ligament injury, came through unscathed at the County Ground.
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