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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16