Walsall v Swindon preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Swindon at the Banks's Stadium.

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Miller: Ruled out for six weeks

Miller: Ruled out for six weeks

Walsall will again be without Florent Cuvelier, Andy Taylor and Ben Purkiss.

All three missed Tuesday's abject 4-1 home defeat to Scunthorpe with hamstring injuries and, worryingly, will not make it back in time for the visit of Paolo Di Canio's promotion-chasing Robins.

Forward Febian Brandy also missed the midweek encounter with a knock and remains a huge doubt.

That leaves manager Dean Smith with very little room for manoeuvre after such a poor performance.

Will Grigg, Ashley Hemmings and Paul Downing are the only real options available should Smith look to make changes to his starting XI, with the Saddlers winless in nine games and now within just five points of the bottom four.

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio is keen to strengthen his midfield before Saturday's trip to Walsall after Tommy Miller was ruled out for six weeks.

The 33-year-old has missed the Robins' last two games after he damaged fibres in his leg during the Capital One Cup defeat to Aston Villa and the former Huddersfield man's absence leaves Di Canio with just Simon Ferry and 17-year-old Louis Thompson in the middle of the park.

And with Swindon's transfer embargo having been lifted the Italian is targeting at least one new signing in that position.

"Already it was the plan to bring in a central midfield player, now if it is possible even two," he told the Swindon Advertiser. "Already it was the plan before, when we had Tommy and Louis and Simon Ferry fit. The people should not think now that Louis Thompson can play regular football every game, every three days.

Alan McCormack, Alan Navarro, Fede Bessone will miss out again while loanee John Bostock went back to Tottenham for treatment on his groin injury. Aden Flint is suspended.

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Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
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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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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