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Milan Lalkovic: Playing his final game for the Saddlers

Milan Lalkovic: Playing his final game for the Saddlers

Team news ahead of Wednesday's League One clash between Walsall and Sheffield United at the Banks's Stadium.

Milan Lalkovic is expected to return for the Saddlers on New Year's Day.

The on-loan Chelsea striker missed Sunday's 2-2 draw at Gillingham having sustained a foot injury at Bristol City on Boxing Day.

The encounter against the Blades is Lalkovic's final game of his six-month loan stay before his current agreement expires on January 4, although boss Walsall Dean Smith is keen to strike an extension to keep hold of the Slovakia Under-21 international.

The likes of Troy Hewitt, Julian Gray and Nicky Featherstone are also among those pushing for recalls should Smith opt to freshen up his ranks.

United manager Nigel Clough is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up at Walsall.

Clough has no new injury or suspension worries as his side bid to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions, but striker Shaun Miller is still struggling with the knock that kept him out of Sunday's home win against Tranmere.

Jose Baxter scored his fourth goal in five games at the weekend and is expected to partner Chris Porter up front again. Lyle Taylor is heading out on loan to Partick Thistle.

On-loan defender/midfielder Aidy White has returned to parent club Leeds for treatment after spraining his ankle in the Boxing Day draw with Oldham.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40