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Butler: Back from suspension

Butler: Back from suspension

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Walsall welcome back skipper Andy Butler to the first-team fold.

The defender sat out the 2-2 draw with Yeovil due to suspension, but will return to the starting XI as the Saddlers look to end their 16-match winless run.

Boss Dean Smith could have Florent Cuvelier available for selection. The midfielder has returned to training having been sidelined since October with a hamstring injury. The 20-year-old will undergo a fitness test ahead of the game.

Midfielder Nicky Featherstone picked up an ankle knock in training but is expected to be cleared to play.

The Saddlers have not won since September, but have drawn four of their last five games and face a U's side who have lost four matches in a row.

Colchester remain without Gavin Massey as the striker completes his three-match ban after being sent off during the club's 5-1 defeat at MK Dons.

But U's boss Joe Dunne is boosted by the return of midfielder Marcus Bean and defender Magnus Okuonghae from their bans. The duo both missed the 1-0 loss at Bournemouth after picking up their fifth cautions of the campaign the week before.

They joined Brian Wilson, who is back in contention after illness, in the club's 8-0 Essex Senior Cup win over Brentwood Town in midweek and should be involved at Walsall.

Defender Matt Heath played 45 minutes in the tie on his comeback from a calf injury and could be named in the first-team squad for the first time since October.

The U's are looking to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.

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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
19:45
Chesterfld v Swindon  
Leyton Or v Preston  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
15:00
Bradford v Doncaster  
Bristol C v Oldham  
Chesterfld v Yeovil  
Colchester v Port Vale  
Crawley v Crewe  
Fleetwood v Gillingham  
Leyton Or v Coventry  
MK Dons v Swindon  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 15 15 33
2 Preston 13 13 28
3 Notts Co 14 9 26
4 Peterboro 15 7 26
5 Sheff Utd 14 4 26
6 Oldham 15 6 25
7 MK Dons 13 12 24
8 Rochdale 14 11 23
9 Swindon 13 10 23
10 Chesterfld 14 2 19
11 Fleetwood 15 1 19
12 Bradford 15 -1 19
13 Crawley 15 -10 18
14 Colchester 15 -1 17
15 Barnsley 14 -2 16
16 Port Vale 15 -3 16
17 Coventry 15 -7 16
18 Leyton Or 14 -3 15
19 Walsall 15 -3 15
20 Doncaster 13 -8 15
21 Gillingham 15 -7 14
22 Yeovil 15 -14 13
23 Crewe 15 -19 13
24 Scunthrpe 15 -12 12

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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