Notts County defender Ben Turner faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in training, prompting a recall for Pierce Bird.

Turner has joined Sam Slocombe and Jim O’Brien, who were both forced off at Chesterfield last week, in giving Neal Ardley lots to contemplate ahead of the busy festive period.

And, although the length of his absence is unknown, Turner will definitely miss Saturday’s trip to FC Halifax Town, paving the way for Bird to return early from his loan at Boston.

“Ben blocked a shot in training on Tuesday and felt something in his hamstring,” explained Ardley.

“It was a freak injury and nothing to do with fitness.

“We won’t know the extent of it until Friday afternoon, but it doesn’t look good.”

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