Walsall v Charlton preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 2:01

Walsall welcome back captain Andy Butler and fellow defender Daryl Westlake.

Centre-back Butler has missed the club’s last two games due to a cyst in the back of his knee but is now fully fit and returned to feature for the club’s reserves in midweek.

Full-back Westlake joined Butler in playing 90 minutes for the Saddlers’ second string having been sidelined with an ankle injury since the end of October, but whether manager Dean Smith opts to throw him into his starting XI so soon remains to be seen.

Striker Ryan Jarvis starts a three-match suspension after being sent off within minutes of his introduction off the bench in last weekend’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Smith’s only other absentee remains midfielder Kevan Hurst, who aims to return to full training next week as he nears the completion of his recovery from a broken bone in his heel.

Hogan Ephraim will return to the Charlton squad.

The on-loan winger was unavailable for last weekend’s FA Cup win over Carlisle as parent club QPR do not want him cup-tied.

The Addicks are still without captain Johnnie Jackson, who has a hamstring injury, and fellow midfielder Dale Stephens following an ankle operation.

Manager Chris Powell made six changes for the Carlisle match and is set to revert to the bulk of the side which ended Huddersfield’s unbeaten run the previous Monday.

That should mean returns for goalkeeper Ben Hamer, defender Matt Taylor, Ephraim and strikers Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant, while Andy Hughes is likely to start in central midfield if Darel Russell does not shake off a calf knock.

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Walsall v Charlton preview

Date published: Friday 29th April 2011 11:26

Walsall boss Dean Smith has an unchanged squad at his disposal.

Playmaker Emmanuel Ledesma serves the final game of his three-match suspension, meaning he will return for the trip to Southampton on the last day.

Centre-back Clayton McDonald will miss the remainder of the campaign having dislocated his shoulder, while full-back Aaron Lescott remains sidelined with his knee ligament strain.

The Saddlers go into their penultimate match of the campaign just one point above the drop zone, knowing victory would have a massive impact on their survival hopes ahead of their final day trip to St Mary’s.

Defender Oliver Lancashire told the club’s official website: “We have to be positive. We go into the game determined to get the three points on offer.

“We would have taken this position three months ago. It’s in our hands and we have to make sure we can finish the job off.”

Kyel Reid and Scott Wagstaff return to the Charlton squad.

Reid is available after missing Monday’s win over Rochdale through suspension and fellow winger Wagstaff has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Jose Semedo is still banned after his dismissal against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, while skipper Christian Dailly’s season came to a premature end three weeks ago courtesy of a five-match suspension for his third red card of the campaign.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is fit after a knee injury but Millwall loanee John Sullivan looks to have done enough to keep his place.

Winger Johnnie Jackson is back in training after an Achilles injury but is unlikely to be risked while full-back Kelly Youga (knee) and striker Joe Anyinsah (ankle) are still out.

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