Football - Ball boost for Magpies

Notts County hope to have Callum Ball available for the trip to Crawley.

Ball missed the Boxing Day defeat at Port Vale after suffering a head injury during the home draw with Bristol City last weekend. Magpies manager Shaun Derry has his fingers crossed that he will be fit enough to feature, although no risks will be taken with the on-loan Derby striker.

Joss Labadie is fighting to overcome an ankle injury but the club have revealed that fellow midfielder Gary Liddle will miss the "vast majority' of the remainder of this season after scans showed he suffered ankle ligament damage against Bristol City.

Defender Mustapha Dumbuya made his first start for two months following a thigh injury at Vale Park in place of Kieron Freeman, who was recalled from his loan spell by parent club Derby on Christmas Eve.