Huddersfield v Walsall preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Huddersfield Town and Walsall at the Galpharm Stadium.

Last Updated: 29/10/10 at 17:08

Novak (right): Hamstring injury

Novak (right): Hamstring injury

Huddersfield will be without striker Lee Novak for the home clash with Walsall, but midfielder Damien Johnson is back in contention.

Novak has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Plymouth.

Joe Garner stepped off the bench at Home Park and could be a straight replacement, but Jordan Rhodes provides manager Lee Clark with an alternative option.

Johnson is expected to return to the starting line-up after being ineligible to play against parent club Plymouth last Saturday.

Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) and Lee Peltier (calf) came through unscathed last week after nursing respective injuries, but winger Gary Roberts (broken arm) and defenders Gary Naysmith (foot) and Tom Clarke (knee) remain sidelined.

Jimmy Walker is in line for his second Walsall debut at high-flying Huddersfield.

But manager Chris Hutchings will be without captain Darren Byfield and centre-back Andrew Davies.

Goalkeeper Walker re-signed for the Saddlers on Friday morning on an initial deal until the end of January, returning to the club he made 475 appearances in 11 years before leaving for West Ham in 2004.

Striker Byfield (knee) has suffered a minor setback in training which will rule him out of the trip to the Galpharm Stadium, although he remains hopeful of being ready for Tuesday's visit of Peterborough.

On-loan Stoke defender Davies was on Thursday ruled out for around three weeks having suffered a slight tear in his thigh muscle, meaning Clayton McDonald is likely to come into the heart of the defence.

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24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

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