Jack Fitzwater faces late fitness test before date with Dale

Posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 by PA

Jack Fitzwater faces late fitness test before date with Dale

Walsall defender Jack Fitzwater faces a late fitness test ahead of the home game against Rochdale.

Fitzwater pulled his back in the warm-up to Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Southend, but boss Jon Whitney confirmed it is “nothing serious”.

Youngster Kory Roberts came in to the starting line-up and impressed Whitney as the Saddlers kept a fifth clean sheet of the season.

Erhun Oztumer is a certain starter after scoring a hat-trick at Roots Hall as Walsall came through the win unscathed.

Striker Stephen Humphrys should be fit for Rochdale.

Humphrys scored in Dale’s 6-1 FA Cup defeat to Tottenham but came off in the second half after struggling with a stomach ache. However, the postponement of Saturday’s clash with Plymouth should have given him enough time to fully recover.

On-loan Chesterfield defender Scott Wiseman would have been available to face the Pilgrims having been cup-tied against Spurs.

Oliver Rathbone, who sat out at Wembley, is in contention to play some part at the Banks’s Stadium.


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