Football - Brewers to check on defender

Burton boss Gary Rowett will check on Damien McCrory ahead of the visit of managerless Northampton.

McCrory was withdrawn at half-time during the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool on Saturday after sustaining a hamstring problem and the defender is a doubt for Boxing Day. Zander Diamond will replace the 23-year-old Irishman, as he did at Victoria Park, should McCrory not be fit to face the Cobblers.

Rowett made three changes to his side at Hartlepool, resting striker Rene Howe and not risking midfielders Lee Bell (hamstring) or Alex MacDonald (virus).

Bell and MacDonald should both be fit in time for the visit of Northampton, who sacked Aidy Boothroyd on Saturday evening after a 4-1 home defeat to Wycombe, while Howe will be fresh for the clash.