Date: 16th February 2016 at 11:21am
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Walsall head coach Sean O’Driscoll has today confirmed he is optimistic that centre half James O’Connor will be back to face Wigan on Saturday.

O’Connor missed Saturday’s draw with Crewe due to a dead leg but it is hoped that he will return and boss O’Driscoll has hinted that a loan move maybe required if we can identify better than what we already have at the club.

Speaking to Express and Star, O’Driscoll said “That is the market we are in. He (Plummer) is someone we look at and like. And it is an area we are short. Bryn Morris could fill in there, so could Adam Chambers. But the ethos of the club is to try to give young players a chance and that is what Matty Preston did against Crewe. We will have to look at it week-by-week whether we can bring people in who are better than what we have got.”

“He has been playing with painkillers, we scanned him and he`s got some fluid trapped in his thigh,” said the head coach. “Hopefully he will be okay for Wigan. It`s not as serious as a strain. It`s just trapped fluid but we`ve all had dead legs. I was disappointed for Jimmy because he was desperate to play (against Crewe) but it was a really good game for Matt Preston to come into. I thought for a young centre half he did extremely well.’