BRENTFORD PREVIEWS: WHITE TO MISS OUT
White and MacKenzie set to miss out
BOTH Andy White and Neil MacKenzie look set to be ruled out of Stags' trip to Brentford on Saturday (3pm) where new player-manager Keith Curle is seeking a fourth win on the trot.
Big striker White suffered an ankle injury at the end of the first half against Stockport on Boxing Day while MacKenzie's knee injury, which has already kept him out of two games, is still not fully recovered.
Colin Larkin is almost certain to start up front alongside 15-goal Iyseden Christie.
The Bees will provide a stern challenge as they lie just two places and a single point out of the play-off zone, but Mansfield's assistant manager John Gannon said: "We are going there to win. Games cannot come fast enough for us at the moment."
Paul Smith is doubtful for Brentford after missing the defeat at Swindon with a virus.
Understudy Alan Julian is likely to take his place again in goal unless Smith recovers in time.
Eddie Hutchinson is struggling with a groin injury, and Leo Roget is unlikely to return from a knee injury.
Andrew Frampton is suspended, but Jamie Fullarton is available before a ban.
Fullarton will serve a one-match suspension for five bookings, but looks set for a three-match ban in the near future following his red card against Swindon.
Mansfield player-boss Keith Curle is likely to name the same side at Brentford that secured the Stags' third straight victory against Stockport on Boxing Day.
New signing Tom Curtis came through the 4-2 triumph with no adverse effects from a thigh strain so will continue at Griffin Park.
Neil MacKenzie remains doubtful with a medial ligament strain while long-term injury victims Allen Tankard and Scott Sellars are a long way off a first-team return.
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