WING-BACK Ryan Haynes is back in contention for Newport County AFC for the start of their League Two run-in at Barrow this afternoon – but boss Michael Flynn has stressed he is ready to mix and match in the hectic run-in.

The left-sided defender missed four games after suffering a groin injury in the win against Colchester United.

Haynes, whose deputy Aaron Lewis performed solidly, is in the mix for the trip to Cumbria with manager Michael Flynn mindful of the hectic schedule.

Promotion-chasing County sit seventh in the table and have 10 games in five weeks up to the regular season finale at Southend.

Matty Dolan came off early in the second half against Leyton Orient last time out because of a calf strain while Luke Gambin has travelled back from international duty with Malta.

The on-loan midfielder was an unused substitute against Russia, scored a cracker in the surprise draw against Slovakia and came off the bench against Croatia on Tuesday.

DECISIONS: County manager Michael Flynn

DECISIONS: County manager Michael Flynn

"There are a couple of decisions to make because a few have been struggling for a few weeks with niggling injuries," said Flynn. "They have had time to rest and I am just hoping it's enough time.

"We don't want to risk anybody and have them out for the rest of the season.

"Because of the amount of games in a short space of time, people who start one game might have to come out for the next game.

"One, they might be tired and two, we don't want to be risking any injuries. We need to be full strength for the rest of the season."

County entertain Bolton Wanderers on Monday, the first of six games against promotion rivals.

"We have got a very, very difficult month coming up with eight games in 29 days. It's a big ask," said Flynn.

"We gave the players a few days off [during the international break] and they have been excellent since coming back.

"Training has been the best it has been all season but that means nothing, I'd rather they saved it for the games now.

"I've got to make the right decision for who can make the biggest impact at Barrow. Boys who are not travelling might be playing on Monday against Bolton."

County sit seventh in an extremely congested table, just six points off third with a game in hand but also just six points ahead of Bradford in 13th.

"I am looking forward to this next five or six weeks because we have got a fantastic opportunity," said Flynn.

"If the players really believe that we can do it then we have an unbelievable opportunity to go up.

"We are in a position now where we are seventh in the league and playing teams around us. We've got to go on a winning streak, and sooner rather than later because we don't want to be too far behind when chasing.

"It's going to go down to the wire and there will be speedbumps on the way."

Every point will matter in the scrap for promotion yet Flynn only has eyes for a maximum haul in Cumbria against hosts who are trying to avoid the drop.

"Barrow is a tough place to go but we are going there to win the game," he said. "We need to win games, draws are neither here nor there at this part of the season."

County took the spoils 2-1 when the teams met at Rodney Parade in September.

Liam Shephard put the Exiles in front with a driven shot, Lewis Hardcastle levelled and then Ryan Taylor exploited a defensive howler to restore County's lead.

Today's League Two fixtures: Bolton v Colchester, Scunthorpe v Crawley, Barrow v County, Bradford v Forest Green, Cambridge v Morecambe, Cheltenham v Tranmere, Mansfield v Leyton Orient, Oldham v Stevenage, Port Vale v Exeter, Salford v Grimsby, Walsall v Harrogate.