Walsall v Whites

Friday 15 February 2002

Colin Lee has a couple of injury worries as the Walsall manager prepares for the visit of Fulham in the FA Cup.

The Saddlers will be without Ian Brightwell and Tony Barrass, who are suffering from hamstring and hip injuries respectively.

Darren Byfield picked up a knock in midweek but should be fit to face the Barclaycard Premiership side.

Lee is also thinking of drafting Steve Corica into the team after he joined the Saddlers following a spell in Japan with Hiroshima.

Meanwhile, Lee Clark's injury-enforced absence will drag on past Saturday and into a third month.

The Fulham midfielder, who sustained an Achilles problem against Charlton on Boxing Day, has been told he faces another three weeks on the sidelines before he can think about a return to first-team action.

Luis Boa Morte is a week away from fitness as his stubborn ankle injury drags on - but the good news for boss Jean Tigana is that Louis Saha is fit after his hamstring niggle.

Edwin van der Sar, Steve Finnan, Andy Melville, Zat Knight and Steed Malbranque have all reported back fit after midweek international action.

Meanwhile John Collins has told Fulham's players to remember their second-half performance against Blackburn when they face Walsall tomorrow.

Fulham were outstanding as they beat Rovers 2-0 and now Collins wants more of the same at the Bescot Stadium.

He said: "That second half was very encouraging because I thought we were back to our old selves. We were playing flowing football, creating chances and scoring goals. It was back to the good old days.

"It shows we can still do it and hopefully that's what we will be able to recreate until the end of the season.

"It won't be easy at Walsall because they will fight hard and we will have to earn the right to play. But it's important we don't take a step backwards."

Collins knows what it is like to be on the end of a giantkilling, having played for the Celtic team which lost to little Raith Rovers in the Scottish League Cup Final. But he says if Fulham give it 100 per cent they ought to go through.

"We need full concentration and we have to give the opponents 100 per cent respect. We will look at videos of them on Friday, just like we do every other opponent. The build-up to the game will be the same."