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Walsall entertain Oldham at Banks' Stadium in Joe Royle's last game in charge of the Latics.
Last Updated: 01/05/09 1:21pm
Walsall entertain Oldham Athletic at Banks' Stadium in Joe Royle's last game in charge of the Latics.
The Saddlers are sweating over the fitness of strikers Jabo Ibehre and Michael Ricketts for their final game of the season.
Ibehre, who has grabbed 10 league goals this season, picked up a hamstring injury after netting the winner in last weekend's 1-0 triumph at MK Dons, while Ricketts is battling to add to his nine-goal tally having been ruled out against Roberto Di Matteo's side with an Achilles problem.
Manager Chris Hutchings told the club's official website: "We're going to leave it as late as possible to give both players every opportunity to be fit.
"We have the likes of Alex Nicholls and Josh Craddock who play up front, so it gives me options and plenty of food for thought."
Goalkeepers Clayton Ince and Rene Gilmartin will again battle it out for the number one jersey, with Ince given the nod at stadium:mk.
Defender Stephen Roberts finally underwent surgery on Thursday to rid him of his lengthy back spasms problems, meaning he could be in the frame for a return at the start of next season.
Oldham team news
Oldham boss Royle will take charge of the Latics for the final time as they aim to end the season on a high at Walsall.
Royle is still yet to claim a victory in his second stint with the League One outfit but has one more chance before making way for former Darlington boss Dave Penney, who has signed a two-year deal with the club.
The 44-year-old led the Quakers to last season's play-off semi-final and will officially take over at Boundary Park following the clash.
On-loan left-back Daniel Jones returned to training on Thursday after missing Tuesday's session with slight ankle pain while second-year apprentice Ryan Brooke could earn a first-team debut.
Winger Chris Taylor, who was recently named in the PFA League One Team of the Year, remains the only absentee as he continues to struggle with an ankle problem.
Royle told the club's official website: "I am looking for the back four to keep a clean sheet and the front-line to score a goal."