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Walsall Vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Sat 16 Jan 2010

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Walsall are quietly confident they will return to action for the first time in a month as Brighton prepare to visit the Banks`s Stadium.

The Saddlers have seen two scheduled fixtures against Norwich and others against Bristol Rovers and Charlton fall victim to the weather but all is being done to ensure the clash against Albion gets the go-ahead.

Steve Jones remains a big doubt with his troublesome groin injury although there is light at the end of the tunnel and he should return to the fray sooner rather than later.

Rhys Weston is nursing a sore calf but is expected to feature while fellow defender Clayton McDonald has recovered from a back problem sustained while playing for the reserves against Derby in midweek.

Brighton could add new boys Marcos Painter, Inigo Calderon and Seb Carole to their squad for the trip.

Painter has joined on loan from Swansea until the end of the season, fellow defender Calderon arrives as a free agent after leaving Spanish side Alaves and winger Carole is back for his third spell with the Seagulls.

The additions give manager Gus Poyet some welcome selection dilemmas with a virtually full-strength squad to choose from - the only absentees are defenders Adam El-Abd and Colin Hawkins.

El-Abd has been wearing a protective boot after suffering a foot injury so Jim McNulty could drop back from midfield to cover at left-back.

Centre-back Hawkins is still missing with an ongoing heel injury.

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Norwich City
Bristol Rovers
Football
League One
Walsall
Derby County
Jim McNulty
Colin Hawkins
Rhys Weston
Marcos Painter
Steve Jones
Adam El-Abd
Clayton McDonald
Charlton Athletic
Swansea City
Brighton & Hove Albion

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