Kettering Town will find out tomorrow (Friday) whether Rene Howe will be available for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Boston United.
The striker was sent off for the second time this season during last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Dunstable Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
But the club lodged an appeal against the red card and are expecting to know the outcome of that tomorrow.
Howe will start his new suspension, expected to be a five-match ban, on Saturday if the appeal isn’t successful.
Poppies boss Marcus Law, meanwhile, is hopeful winger James Brighton will be available for the third qualifying round clash against the Vanarama National League North side.
Brighton tweaked his hamstring during the loss to Dunstable and missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Hayes & Yeading United at Latimer Park.
Former Boston man Spencer Weir-Daley is expected to be fit after a neck problem saw him restricted to just a substitute appearance in midweek.
Law said: “James has been going through his recovery sessions and we will assess him again ahead of the game. We are hopeful he will be okay.
“Spencer was struggling with a neck injury after the Dunstable game and we put him on towards the end of the game on Tuesday because we were pushing hard to win the game.
“But he wasn’t quite right and that’s why we took the decision to leave him on the bench and we certainly had Saturday in mind when we did that.
“Liam Bateman also played with an injury on Tuesday but he seemed to come through it without any reaction.”
Kettering will be without defender Paul Malone who is cup-tied.