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Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Portsmouth and Walsall at Fratton Park.

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Gyepes: Ruled out for three weeks

Gyepes: Ruled out for three weeks

Portsmouth will be without Gabor Gyepes.

The Hungarian defender has been ruled out for three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments on his debut against Crawley last Sunday.

With Paul Connolly having gone back to parent club Leeds with a hamstring injury, boss Michael Appleton is attempting to bring in a defender on loan.

But he can welcome back full-back Mustapha Dumbuya, who missed the 3-0 win at the Broadfield Stadium as he was on international duty with Sierra Leone.

Brian Howard will be fit despite a slight knee knock at Crawley, while Jack Compton and Izale McLeod should shake off niggles picked up in training.

But winger Jordan Obita serves the final game of the three-match ban he received for his red card against Oldham a fortnight ago.

Will Grigg returns for Walsall after being away on international duty.

The striker missed last weekend's 1-0 win over MK Dons due to his commitments with Northern Ireland but is back in the fold for the clash at Fratton Park.

Grigg, however, faces a battle for his first-team spot following last weekend's impressive result.

Midfielder Adam Chambers will again be assessed as he looks to make his return from a hamstring injury but is unlikely to feature.

Twin brother James (thigh) and forward Febian Brandy (hamstring) remain unavailable along with back-up goalkeeper Jimmy Walker (calf).

The Saddlers are unbeaten in four league games but come up against a Pompey side who, despite being winless at home so far this term, claimed their first three points of the season last weekend courtesy of an impressive 3-0 triumph at Crawley.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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