Walsall vs Barnsley - Changes likely as Walsall aim to overturn three-goal deficit



Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by PA

Walsall caretaker boss Jon Whitney could make changes as they try to recover from a 3-0 defeat at Barnsley in their Sky Bet League One play-off second leg.

The Saddlers need to overcome the deficit after losing at Oakwell on Saturday and Jordy Hiwula and Sam Mantom could return after coming off the bench.

Isaiah Osbourne is fit after being out for the season with a serious knee injury he suffered last summer.

Romaine Sawyers could play his last game for the club with the forward out of contract at the end of the season along with several other players, including defender Andy Taylor.

Barnsley caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom declared a clean bill of health as his side bids for a swift return to Wembley after lifting the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in April.

Heckingbottom has no new injury or suspension problems and could name the same starting XI for the fifth straight game.

Defenders James Bree and George Smith (both hamstring) are hoping to return to full training this week but are not expected to feature.

Winger Ryan Williams (groin) and striker Marley Watkins (broken jaw) are long-term absentees, while Harry Chapman, Ivan Toney and Aidy White are among those pushing for recalls.



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