Mansfield Town sprang a surprise today when they announced striker Danny Rose would start the game today against Barnet.
Rose suffered a fracture to his eye socket a week last Tuesday and was rated ‘highly unlikely’ to play today, but was named on the team sheet and was expected to be wearing a protective mask on the injury.
Also into the side for a debut was Forest loanee defender Alex Iacovitti as part of a three-man defence with Ashley Hemmings restored to midfield.
Left out were Adam Chapman, suffering from a groin strain, Darius Henderson and Kevan Hurst.
STAGS: Shearer, Bennett, Benning, Collins (C), Pearce, Taft, Green, M. Rose, Hemmings, Iacovitti, D. Rose. Subs: Jensen, Hoban, Baxendale, Hurst, Hamilton, McGuire, Henderson.
BARNET: Vickers, Johnson, N’Gala, Nelson, Weston, Akinde, Gambin, Togwell, Batt, Nicholls, Vilhete. Subs: Stephens, Watson, Campbell-Ryce, Sesay, Taylor, Akpa Akpro, Tomlinson.
REFEREE: Sebastian Stockbridge of Tyne & Wear.