Saddlers hope to keep duo

Hutchings wants Devaney and Davies to stay on

Devaney: Could stay for longer

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Walsall are hoping to extend the loan deals of Martin Devaney and Andrew Davies, with both due to expire over the next few days.

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Both players joined the Saddlers from Barnsley and Stoke respectively at the start of October and have become a crucial part of the side despite being rooted to the bottom of the table.

Davies and Devaney were absent from the side that lost 1-0 to Huddersfield on Saturday and will not play any part of Tuesday evening's game at home to high-flying Peterborough.

However, manager Chris Hutchings is hopeful he can extend their deals beyond their upcoming FA Cup first round tie against Fleetwood Town.

"We have got another week left on Martin's loan, but I will be in touch with (Barnsley boss) Mark Robins about extending it because he has done well for us and if possible we would like to keep him a bit longer," Hutchings told skysports.com.

"He woke up on Thursday with a very swollen ankle and it was causing him a lot of problems, so unfortunately we had to leave him out and make changes for Saturday.

"He has recovered a little bit now, but tonight could come too early for him.

"Andrew Davies is coming along nicely now after picking up a thigh injury and he could back within 10-14 days.

"He just had a small pull on his thigh muscle and he will be another one that we talk about extending his stay here as long as Stoke are happy to do that."