Furman boost for Latics

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Walsall manager Chris Hutchings is likely to name the same starting XI for the fourth successive match when Oldham visit the Banks's Stadium.

The Saddlers came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Brentford on Saturday and extend their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions, with the only changes made during that spell as a result of injuries sustained against Wycombe at the start of the sequence.

One of the players forced off at Adams Park towards the end of October was Richard Taundry, and the versatile 20-year-old is hoping to return to training later this week along with full-back Jamie Vincent (calf).

The clash against the Latics will come too soon for the pair and whether they will be in contention for the second part of a double header against Brentford at the weekend remains to be seen.

Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin is fit again after recovering from a hamstring tear but on-loan keeper Mark Oxley kept his place on the bench at Griffin Park on Saturday. And it will be up to Hutchings to decide who will get the nod as Clayton Ince's understudy this time around.

But the game is the last of Oxley's month-long loan deal from Hull, after which he is expected to return to Humberside.

Oldham boss Dave Penney is boosted by the return of midfielder Dean Furman.

Furman picked up his fifth booking of the season in the recent 1-0 defeat at Gillingham and served a one-match suspension during Saturday`s 2-2 draw at home to Colchester.

Striker Pawel Abbott remains sidelined following his hernia operation in Germany and Kelvin Lomax, Rob Purdie and Lewis Alessandra are also still missing.

Penney was delighted with the character his players showed in coming back from two goals down to claim a point at the weekend.

And he is demanding more of the same against the Saddlers, saying: "The character we showed was encouraging and hopefully we can take that into the Walsall game."

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Colchester United
Rene Gilmartin
League One
Pawel Abbott
Richard Taundry
Dean Furman
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Wigan Athletic
Kelvin Lomax
Lewis Alessandra
Hull City
Mark Oxley
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