Chris Hutchings hopes to receive a triple injury boost ahead of Walsall`s home encounter against Carlisle.

Striker Jon Macken (calf), winger Martin Devaney and centre-back Clayton McDonald (both hamstring) have been on the sidelines of late but all three stand a good chance of returning to face the Cumbrians this weekend.

Defender Andy Butler also comes back into the fold having been ineligible for Tuesday night`s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Fleetwood, while Will Grigg returns from international duty with Northern Ireland`s Under-21s.

Striker Darren Byfield will not play again until the festive period after his knee injury was discovered to be more serious than first thought, while on-loan full-back Ryan McGivern serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

Carlisle have been boosted ahead of the trip to Walsall after extending the loan spell of Leeds forward Mike Grella until January.

The 23-year-old joined the Cumbrians last month on an initial one-month deal and impressed, netting two goals in six appearances.

Boss Greg Abbott could again field James Chester at left-back against the Saddlers, while Tom Taiwo is facing a suspension if he collects his fifth booking of the season at the Banks's Stadium.

Leading goalscorer Gary Madine expects to return to full training in time for next Saturday's home clash with Rochdale.

The 20-year-old, who has hit 11 goals this season, limped out of Saturday's 3-2 win over Southampton due to a foot injury sustained midway through the second half.

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