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Team news ahead of Boxing Day's League One fixture between Walsall and Sheffield Wednesday at Banks's Stadium.

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Smith: Touch and go

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Walsall will assess the availability of Manny Smith ahead of the Owls visit but fellow defender Olly Lancashire remains out.

Smith missed last weekend's heartbreaking late 1-1 draw at relegation rivals Chesterfield having taken a boot to the face as he went for a diving header in the club's FA Cup second-round replay against Dagenham & Redbridge four days earlier.

He remains touch and go to face the high-flying Owls, although Lancashire (hamstring) definitely misses out once again having also sustained injury against the Daggers.

Striker Ryan Jarvis returns to contention having finally completed his three-match suspension.

Midfielder Kevan Hurst is also ready after getting a stretch of training under his belt following his comeback from a broken bone in his heel.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson is keeping his goalkeeper selection under wraps for the away clash.

Stephen Bywater played the final game of his loan spell in last week's 4-4 draw with Huddersfield and has returned to Derby, leaving Megson with a choice of three - Richard O'Donnell, Arron Jameson and Nicky Weaver.

O'Donnell has made 10 appearances this season, Jameson has yet to feature this term and Weaver played in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week after being been sidelined since the end of August with a knee injury.

Megson has no new injury or suspension problems but striker Gary Madine (broken toe), defender Lewis Buxton (hamstring) and midfielder James O'Connor (gashed shin) remain sidelined.

Bywater's exit leaves Megson free to include all five loan players that remain in his squad - defender Danny Batth (Wolves), striker Sanchez Watt (Arsenal, winger Ben Marshall (Stoke) and defenders Miguel Llera (Blackpool) and James Tavernier (Newcastle).

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C
Coventry v Peterboro
Crewe v Sheff Utd
Doncaster v MK Dons
Gillingham v Crawley
Oldham v Bradford
Port Vale v Leyton Or
Preston v Fleetwood
Scunthrpe v Notts Co
Swindon v Colchester

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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