Bury v Walsall preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Bury and Walsall at Gigg Lane.

Last Updated: 26/10/12 at 11:43

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Bury striker Andy Bishop is an injury doubt.

Bishop, who recently returned to Gigg Lane following a loan spell at Wrexham, overcame a groin complaint to face Yeovil a week ago but is now laid low with a foot problem.

Should Bishop miss out, boss Kevin Blackwell is likely to select either Northern Ireland international David Healy or QPR loanee Troy Hewitt to partner Tom Hopper in attack.

Hewitt is waiting for his Bury debut having been an unused substitute for Tuesday night's 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Hartlepool - a first three points of the season for the Shakers - when Hopper opened the scoring.

On-loan Leeds midfielder Zac Thompson serves the second game of a three-match ban following his red card at Yeovil, while Lenell John-Lewis and Phil Picken (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Dean Holden serves a one-match suspension for Walsall.

The centre-back saw red after just 13 minutes in Tuesday's gutsy 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United having hauled down Dave Kitson in the penalty area.

Holden was duly given his marching orders before Kitson stepped up to convert the early match-winning spot-kick, and the defender now serves a ban at Gigg Lane.

Paul Downing could step in having done a solid job replacing Holden at Bramall Lane, while fit-again James Chambers and Ben Purkiss also impressed at the heart of the back four for Walsall's reserves on Wednesday.

Otherwise, manager Dean Smith has a full-strength squad.

Bury finally climbed off the foot of League One after recording their first win of the season on Tuesday with a 2-1 triumph at home to Hartlepool.

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