Hatters win Barnett reprieve

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Luton Town boss Mike Newell will be breathing a huge sigh of relief after learning that defender Leon Barnett has had his red card from Tuesday night rescinded.

After the youngster was dismissed in the Carling Cup victory over Brentford The Hatters were staring a defensive crisis in the face as they prepared for Saturday's game at home to West Brom.

Both Russell Perrett and Chris Coyne are set to miss the visit of The Baggies, whilst final central defender Markus Heikkinen has been suffering with flu.

As a result Newell was exploring potential transfer avenues but the Bedfordshire have been handed the good news that Barnett's dismissal will not stand, meaning he will be free to turn out at Kenilworth Road on Saturday afternoon.

The FA Disciplinary Commission disagreed with the ruling of referee Clive Penton regarding an incident when Barnett appeared to foul Bees substitute Calum Willock as he ran through on goal.

However, The Hatters will still be desperately short at the back at the weekend, with Newell revealing that star defender and Finnish international Heikkinen may be a doubt for the Championship clash.

"Markus trained this morning [Thursday]," Newell told the club's official website.

"He's been in his sick bed all week, but we hope he would be ready for the weekend."