TOP scorer Padraig Amond is fit to face Tranmere Rovers tomorrow as Newport County AFC aim for a third successive win to boost their hopes of a place in the League Two play-offs.

Amond, who missed last week’s win at Yeovil Town due to an elbow injury, has returned to training this week and manager Michael Flynn says he is ready to start against Tranmere at Rodney Parade.

If he does feature, the striker will make his 100th appearance for the club since his arrival from Hartlepool United in August 2017.

The 30-year-old, who signed a new deal to stay at Rodney Parade until the end of the 2019-2020 season in January, has scored 35 goals in 99 appearances so far and 21 in 48 games this season.

Scot Bennett and Nick Townsend also missed out last week but Flynn says his injury worries are easing.

“We’re almost at full strength,” said the Exiles boss.

“Podge is back in training so I’ve got a few decisions to make. He’s fit to start.

“We’ve got another big game on Tuesday as well, but we’ve got to take care of this one and try to get the three points to set up a bit of a blockbuster against Swindon.”

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Goalkeeper Townsend (above) is ready to return to the bench against Rovers, but Flynn says he was not concerned to be without a back-up for Joe Day last week.

“He hurt his elbow in training the day before the Yeovil game but he’s fine now,” said the manager.

“It doesn’t bother me. It’s one of those things. I’ve got a queue of them who want to go in if Joe goes down.

“There are one or two who could maybe scrape us through, as long as it happens in the last few minutes!

“Mickey [Demetriou] is one of them, but it’s not an easy task,” added Flynn.

“It’s a specialist position. A good goalkeeper can win you 15 or 20 points a season and that’s as good as a 25-goal striker.”

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