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Last Updated: 05/08/11 1:21pm

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Jarvis: Set for Saddlers debut

Jarvis: Set for Saddlers debut

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Leyton Orient at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall have an almost fully-fit squad.

Midfielder Jake Jones (ankle) is the only absentee but, with the youngster unlikely to start, manager Dean Smith will still be able to field his first-choice XI.

That means summer signings David Grof, Lee Beevers, Mat Sadler, Anton Peterlin, Claude Gnakpa, Kevan Hurst, Ryan Jarvis and Adam Chambers will all be competing to start.

It will be an early reunion with Orient for former O's striker Jarvis and midfielder Chambers, the latter of whom is the London club's longest-serving player with almost 200 appearances before he switched to the Saddlers.

The encounter also sees Smith come up against his former employers having played for and been both youth-team coach and assistant manager at Orient.

O's skipper Stephen Dawson won't make the trip.

The influential midfielder has an ankle injury and is rated extremely doubtful for the opening game of the season.

New striker David Mooney tweaked a hamstring in a friendly against Tottenham last weekend will need a late fitness check.

Boss Russell Slade is also without goalkeeper Jamie Jones, who has missed all of pre-season with a shoulder problem, so deputy Lee Butcher will don the gloves.

Summer signing Jamie Cureton should start in attack after shaking off a recent ankle injury.

Fellow new recruits Scott Cuthbert, Leon McSweeney and Marc Laird are also in line to make their Orient debuts.

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1 Bristol City 44 93
2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
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6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40