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Duo return for Saddlers showdown

Duo return for Saddlers showdown (©PAphotos)
Duo return for Saddlers showdown (©PAphotos).

Brentford welcome back John Bostock and James Wilson for the visit of Walsall.

Tottenham loanee Bostock, who scored two goals in the first 25 minutes of his debut in last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Millwall, missed Tuesday night's FA Cup win over Gateshead as he was on international duty with the England Under-19 squad.

Centre-half Wilson was also away with the Wales Under-21 squad, and both should go back into the starting line-up against the Saddlers.

Winger Sam Saunders has missed the last two games through illness and although he is back in light training, Saturday's match may come too soon.

Goalkeeper Nikki Bull is still missing following shoulder surgery so Lewis Price keeps the gloves, and defender Mark Phillips remains sidelined by a knee injury.

Rene Gilmartin returns to the fold for Walsall as they make the first of two trips to Brentford in the space of a week.

The Dublin-born stopper was substituted in the first half of the 3-0 victory over Exeter five weeks ago with a hamstring tear, with Clayton Ince taking over between the sticks for the past four games and loan stopper Mark Oxley coming in as a replacement.

Gilmartin's return brings with it a selection poser for manager Chris Hutchings but he is likely to keep faith with Ince, with Gilmartin replacing Oxley on the bench.

Mark Bradley will also return in time to take his place in midfield having featured for Wales Under-21s in their 2-1 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday.

Full-back Jamie Vincent (calf) and the versatile Richard Taundry (hamstring) will again miss out but both are expected to return to training next week.

The trip to Griffin Park is followed by an FA Cup clash against the Bees seven days later.

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John Bostock
Tottenham Hotspur
Rene Gilmartin
Exeter
Mark Phillips
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Millwall
Mark Bradley
League One
Lewis Price
James Wilson
Walsall
Richard Taundry
Clayton Ince
Sam Saunders
Brentford
FA Cup
Barnet
Mark Oxley
Jamie Vincent
Nikki Bull

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