English League One

  • Sky Bet League 1
  • 04 Jan 2013
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Bescot Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Walsall

2-0

Portsmouth

Febian Brandy 29
Will Grigg 40

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Thursday 3rd January 2013 13:41

Cuvelier: Hamstring injury

Cuvelier: Hamstring injury

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Team news ahead of Friday night's League One clash between Walsall and Portsmouth at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall will be without Florent Cuvelier for the televised visit of Pompey.

The on-loan midfielder has only recently returned from a troublesome hamstring complaint, but suffered a recurrence of the same injury in the 1-0 win over Stevenage on New Year's Day.

Cuvelier has now returned to parent club Stoke for treatment and will be sidelined for the short-term at least, with the injury expected to keep him out beyond his scheduled loan stay, which runs until mid-January.

Andy Taylor will miss out with the groin strain which also forced him off against Boro, although the problem is not serious.

Fellow defender Dean Holden continues to be sidelined with his ankle problem, again a minor complaint, but forward Febian Brandy does return having served his one-match suspension.

Portsmouth could welcome back up to four players for the trip to the West Midlands.

On-loan striker Paul Benson returns after he was unavailable to face parent club Swindon on Tuesday.

Midfielder Brian Howard also missed the 5-0 defeat at the County Ground with a groin injury along with defenders Ricardo Rocha and Gabor Gyepes, who had hamstring problems, so all three will be assessed.

Johnny Ertl skippered the side against the Robins in the absence of Howard.

New signing David Connolly could make his full debut in attack after starting on the bench in the previous game.

The south coast club are without a win in their last 12 league outings and have slipped into the relegation zone, two points from safety.