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Millwall Vs Walsall, Sat 12 Dec 2009

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Millwall will be without wingers Chris Hackett and James Henry when they host Walsall.

Hackett is sidelined after suffering a knee injury during Wednesday night's FA Cup second-round replay win over Staines Town.

Reading loanee Henry was ineligible in midweek but would have missed out anyway with a hamstring problem.

But boss Kenny Jackett can welcome back another wideman in Dave Martin, who will be in the squad after missing the last two games with a groin strain.

Strikers Neil Harris (back) and Gary Alexander (heel) remain on the sidelines so Steve Morison will again start in attack.

Defenders Tony Craig (cheekbone), Zak Whitbread (hip), Scott Barron (ankle) and Pat O'Connor (cruciate) are still on the casualty list.

Striker Troy Deeney is suspended for Walsall having picked up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's 3-1 home defeat to Southampton.

Sam Parkin and Alex Nicholls are both competing to be direct replacements, while leading goalscorer Steve Jones could always be moved up front from his wide position to partner Darren Byfield, who returns to his former club.

Midfielder Richard Taundry and full-back Jamie Vincent both continued their rehabilitation for the reserves on Tuesday in a 1-1 draw against Burton, but it remains to be seen if either make the bench. Clayton McDonald will be among the substitutes for the last time under the terms of his current loan agreement before returning to Manchester City.

McDonald is currently being kept out of the Saddlers' starting XI by Manny Smith, who was knocked unconscious in the corresponding fixture last season and needed hospital treatment.

Ahead of the fixture, Smith said: "If the ball is there to be won, I will put my head in. I am there to defend and if I get knocked out, so be it. I would do exactly the same again."

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