Walsall captain Craig Pead is out of Friday night's tricky FA Cup first-round match at Merthyr Tydfil after having his three-match suspension confirmed, writes Ged Scott.
It was expected that the Saddlers might appeal against Pead's red card, given for serious foul play in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell.
But, having reviewed video footage of the incident involving Pead and Barnsley striker Brian Howard, Walsall have decided that they will not appeal.
Pead had only just returned to the team after serving his first suspension of the season, for five cautions.
He will miss another three matches.
He is not only out of the Merthyr game but also the home one with Gillingham the following weekend and the away one against MK Dons on November 19 - unless the Saddlers are involved in a replay against Merthyr.
On the plus side, playermanager Paul Merson hopes to have injured duo Chris Westwood and veteran Steve Staunton back for Friday night's live televised match as Walsall bid to avoid a repeat of last season's embarrassment at Slough.
Merson is also planning to take prolific non- league striker Dean Perrow on trial.
The 21-year-old Willenhall front man will join the Saddlers for a week's training while Merson is also tracking Nigerian international goalkeeper Murphy Akanji.