Joe Murphy, the goalkeeper on loan from Sunderland, can expect a recall to the Walsall line-up for their match with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park tonight.
Sunderland blocked Murphy's involvement in the FA Cup win over Yeovil Town on Saturday, but he is expected to return in time to face Oldham, while the regular goalkeeper, Andy Oakes, recovers from a hand operation.
James Constable, the striker, is back from a one-match suspension and Eric Skora, who is on loan from Preston North End, and who was also refused permission to play against Yeovil, should also return.
But Michael Standing has aggravated a hamstring injury and is likely to miss out, while the game comes too soon for Paul Merson, the player-manager, who is on the way back from groin trouble.
Ronnie Moore, the Oldham manager, will be without Will Haining, the defender, for the match. Paul Edwards returns to the squad.
Merson, meanwhile, says that continued stout defending will prove the key if Walsall are to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
After disposing of Merthyr Tydfil and then Yeovil, Walsall face a third-round tie at either Bradford City or Barnsley.
"The lads are bubbly, laughing and joking - and that comes with winning games," Merson said. "The way we're defending means we're hard to beat. We're keeping clean sheets and not allowing teams many chances. So if we play like we have been doing then we've got a great chance of progressing."
Walsall's trip to Bradford City in Coca-Cola League One on December 28 will take place at 7.45pm.
The home match against Tranmere Rovers on Boxing Day kicks off at 3.00pm and the New Year's Eve encounter with Blackpool has been given a 1.30pm kick-off time.
Alan Hardy, the Oldham chief executive, has dismissed claims that a supporter's flag at Saturday's FA Cup clash with Brentford was racist.
Martin Allen, the Brentford manager, was reportedly upset at the banner - which read "Born in England, Live in England, Die in England" - and told the post-match press conference some of his players had been offended.
But Hardy was quick to play down the controversy, putting it down to nothing more than patriotism. "We were surprised to hear complaints about it. It's just a patriotic flag," he said. "A lot of people cannot see how it is racist, but if it does offend then we have to look into it."