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Striker shortage for Saddlers

27 August 2010 11:30
Walsall manager Chris Hutchings has a striker shortage ahead of his side's trip to Brighton. Steve Jones and Darren Byfield are definite absentees, while Jonathan Macken is doubtful. Jones limped out of last week's 2-1 win over Plymouth as a scan revealed he sustained a sprained ankle and could be out of action for two to three weeks, while Byfield will miss his second match running with an Achilles problem. Macken suffered a calf strain in a behind closed doors friendly and Hutchings will make a late decision on the forward. Those injuries mean Hutchings is likely to stick with the pairing of Reuben Reid and Alex Nicholls in attack. Reid made a dream start to his Saddlers career following his loan move from West Brom as he scored the winner against the Pilgrims.

Source: PA