Gillingham Vs Walsall, Sat 30 Jan 2010

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Danny Jackman could make his long-awaited return to Gillingham's squad when Walsall visit Priestfield.

The defender, who rejoined the Gills from Northampton in the summer, has been sidelined for four months after dislocating his shoulder at Southampton.

But the 27-year-old is nearing full fitness and could come into the reckoning against the Saddlers.

Midfielder Curtis Weston is also in the frame to return after recovering from a hip injury and defender Josh Gowling is also set to feature after missing the 1-1 draw at Hartlepool in midweek with a groin injury.

Long-term absentee Simon King will definitely not feature due to ankle ligament damage, but the central defender hopes to get the green light to start jogging again next week.

Walsall captain Mark Hughes is unlikely to return as the midlands outfit look to get their promotion charge back on track.

The centre-back missed Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Norwich having sustained an ankle injury against Brighton and he remains extremely doubtful for the trip to the Priestfield.

Manager Chris Hutchings will also check on the fitness of midfielder Dwayne Mattis over the next 24 hours after he picked up a calf problem against the Canaries.

Wide man Steve Jones, meanwhile, continues to miss out having suffered a setback in his recovery from a troublesome groin injury.

The former Burnley man, 33, had returned to training after seven weeks on the sidelines but experienced unexpected pain on Monday.

Walsall go into the encounter desperate for points having picked up just one from their previous 15.

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Norwich City
Danny Jackman
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