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Deepdale (ATT 9,823) 13th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Boyeson

Preston Preston North End vs Walsall Walsall

Preston 1

B Wright (90+2)

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Walsall 3

F Brandy (18)
P Downing (38)
J Baxendale (56)

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Last Updated: 11/01/13 5:28pm

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Simonsen: Sidelined through injury

Simonsen: Sidelined through injury

Team news ahead of Sunday's League One clash between Preston and Walsall at Deepdale.

Preston will be without the services of goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

Simonsen suffered a knee cartilage injury in Thursday night's 3-2 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Coventry and was hindered by the problem as the Sky Blues fired two goals in injury time to deny North End a place in the northern area final.

Thorsten Stuckmann is poised to deputise between the posts for the former Everton and Stoke man.

Defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff is a major doubt having hobbled off to be replaced by Chris Robertson 18 minutes into the Ricoh Arena clash, although the nature of his problem is unknown.

Joe Garner is set to continue in attack alongside midweek goalscorer Stuart Beavon having made his North End debut.

Keith Keane (knee), fellow defender Scott Laird (broken leg) and forward Lee Trundle (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Walsall are without Karl Darlow for the trip to North End.

The goalkeeper was recalled by Nottingham Forest after keeping clean sheets in both of his appearances since returning for a second loan spell on New Year's Day.

Boss Dean Smith may choose to dive into the market to sign a replacement ahead of the game or turn to Hungarian keeper David Grof, who has made 14 appearances so far this campaign but has not played since November.

Meanwhile, Smith has completed the permanent signing of teenage midfielder Sam Mantom from West Brom.

Midfielder Florent Cuvelier is absent again with a hamstring problem, but his injury is not as bad as first feared and he could make a return to training next week.

Striker Febian Brandy has trained after picking up a slight hamstring injury during last Friday's 2-0 win over Portsmouth and is expected to feature, but the game is expected to come too soon for defenders Andy Taylor (groin) and Dean Holden (ankle).

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30