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Walsall V Stevenage at Banks's Stadium : Match Preview

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30 Dec 2012 16:01:31

Walsall V Stevenage at Banks's Stadium : Match Preview

Walsall V Stevenage - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Brandy banned for Saddlers

Febian Brandy will miss Walsall's clash with Stevenage at the Bescot Stadium due to suspension.

The striker picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday, ruling him out of the game against Gary Smith's side.

George Bowerman was a second-half substitute against the O's and he will be first in line to start in Brandy's absence.

Belgian midfielder Florent Cuvelier is also pushing for his first start since October following a hamstring problem, after three consecutive substitute appearances.

Defender Dean Holden is likely to miss out again with an ankle injury, as Ashley Hemmings continues as his replacement in Saddlers' manager Dean Smith's squad.

Stevenage are almost at full strength for the trip.

Boro boss Smith was expected to shake his side up for the visit of Notts County at the weekend but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The extra rest will ensure he has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from as he looks to get the club's season back on track following one win in seven games.

Defender Jon Ashton, who has been sidelined since September with an Achilles injury, is the only definite absentee.

Winger Filipe Morais played an hour on his return from an ankle injury against the Sky Blues and is hoping to complete the 90 minutes on New Year's Day.


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