DEFENDER Ryan Inniss is set to return to action against Exeter City tonight after completing his five-match ban for biting and Newport County AFC manager Michael Flynn says the incident is now in the past.

Inniss admitted an FA charge for biting an opponent in the Leasing.com Trophy defeat to West Ham United under-21s last month.

As a result, he missed the defeat at Northampton Town, the draws at Macclesfield Town and at home to Exeter City and the wins at Swindon Town and at home to Carlisle United.

But he will return to action in tonight’s Trophy tie at home to rivals Exeter.

“Ryan is back, which is good news and we might have to play him to give him some minutes,” said Flynn. “He will feature.

“He admitted the charge. There was no mark there, I think it was more about the intent.

“It would have been hard to say that he didn’t [intend to bite his opponent] but he held his hands up, he’s done the right thing and he’s served his suspension so that’s that now.”

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Flynn says his team selection tonight will not be affected by the postponement of Saturday’s League Two match at Cheltenham Town.

“This competition is not a priority,” said the Exiles boss. “We will be trying to win the game, but I’ve got to get other players up to speed as well – players who haven’t played so much lately.

“And I’ll give one or two of the youth players another go because I thought for 60 minutes, they did very well against West Ham under-21s.

“But this time I think we’re in a better position with injuries and we could play a bit of a stronger team.

“I need everybody up to speed because it’s going to be a tough month with some tough games and I need them all at their peak because if I do need them, I need them to be ready.

“And there’s no better way to do that than to give them game-time.”

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