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Bescot Stadium (ATT 2,605) 30th August 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: J Adcock

Walsall Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury

Walsall 2

R Jarvis (17)
R Taundry (35)

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Shrewsbury 1

A Butler (og 48)

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Last Updated: 29/08/11 1:07pm

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Macken: Concern for Saddlers

Macken: Concern for Saddlers

Team news ahead of Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy first-round tie between Walsall and Shrewsbury at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall are waiting on Jon Macken and Jimmy Walker, while Will Grigg misses out due to international commitments.

Veteran striker Macken missed Saturday's impressive 2-0 victory at Bournemouth nursing a slight ankle knock, although replacement Ryan Jarvis more than proved his worth with a brace at Dean Court.

Macken will again be assessed against of the Northern Section first-round tie, while manager Dean Smith is also waiting to discover the availability of goalkeeper Walker after he missed out on the south coast with his partner due to give birth.

David Grof stepped in and made some impressive saves, leaving Smith comfortable in the knowledge he can again rely on the Hungarian youngster should Walker declare himself unavailable.

Striker Grigg will definitely not feature, however, having linked up with Northern Ireland's Under-21s squad for their European Championship qualifier.

Joe Jacobson is a doubt for Shrewsbury, while James Collins is unavailable due to international commitments.

Left-back Jacobson was forced off late in Saturday's 2-1 league victory over Swindon having taken a blow to the back and will likely for replaced for the Northern Section first-round tie at the Banks's Stadium. Reuben Hazell is again set to step in.

Striker Collins has been called up by the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s squad for their European Championship qualifier on Thursday and departed the Greenhous Meadow on Monday ahead of the encounter.

Town boss Graham Turner kept faith with the same side against Swindon as the one which saw off Swansea in the Carling Cup earlier last week.

But despite stressing his desire to progress in the JPT, he has hinted at freshening up his side somewhat for the short trip to the West Midlands in order to give some players a much-needed rest.

That means the likes of Steven Leslie, Matthew Richards and Tom Bradshaw are all poised to feature.

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