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Walsall Vs Rochdale, Sat 26 Feb 2011

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Walsall will be forced to make at least one change for the visit of Rochdale following Matt Gill`s return to parent club Norwich.

The on-loan central midfielder saw his month-long stay at the Banks`s Stadium come to an end with last weekend`s 2-0 defeat at Colchester.

That means manager Dean Smith has a decision to make as to who fills the void, with Richard Taundry favourite to move inside from the right and forward Alex Nicholls revert back out wide.

Fit-again Jason Price, who returned to the bench against Colchester after a sore Achilles, would in turn come in to take his place alongside Jon Macken in attack.

Darren Byfield has resumed full training after five months out with a knee injury, although this weekend is likely to come too soon for the seasoned striker. Next Saturday`s trip to Swindon is a more realistic date for his involvement.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill has no major concerns ahead of the game.

Midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy sustained a cut above his eye in the recent home victory over Sheffield Wednesday and was replaced after just 11 minutes by Matty Done.

He looks certain to be available but Done, who had a hand in both goals in a highly impressive performance, is pushing hard for a starting berth.

Hill has no other injury or suspension concerns as his men seek to further enhance their play-off credentials against the struggling Saddlers.

The victory over the Owls, which maintained their play-off push, was Rochdale's last match after their home clash with Southampton last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Spotland.

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