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Luke Leahy looking forward to back-to-back home games

15 November 2017

Defender Luke Leahy says Walsall's players have been working hard all week in training and the left-back is now relishing the prospect of back-to-back home games in the next week.

With last weekend's scheduled match at Blackburn Rovers postponed due to international call-ups, The Saddlers have not been in action since the 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Shrewsbury Town nine days ago.

That has given manager Jon Whitney extra time on the training ground with his squad ahead of two home games in a row against Gillingham (this coming Saturday) and Fleetwood Town the following Tuesday night.

The players have been working hard and Leahy, who has scored three times in 21 games for Walsall this season, is looking forward to being at the Banks's and putting right the 1-0 defeat to Southend there last time out - which ended The Saddlers' unbeaten start to the season at home.

"It’s been a tough couple of days for the boys but I’m sure now it will slow down on Thursday and Friday," said Leahy.

"With the Shrewsbury result, people will look at it as a Checkatrade Trophy game but it was played like a League One match. There were plenty of physical challenges going in and we went into that game knowing that we had to win after Newport, and in winning 1-0 we can take a lot of confidence going forward.

 "We’ve got two home games now against Gillingham on Saturday, then Fleetwood on Tuesday and we’re looking for maximum points from them.

"The Southend game has been and gone and we’re confident that we can beat anybody at home. Gillingham are only four points off us so it’s a massive game and we’ve got a game in hand on some of the teams above us, too.

"A few good results in this league can shoot you straight up the table because the middle of the table is so tight and close."

Leahy himself is battling to be fit for this weekend, having suffered a knee injury in that Shrewsbury win in a challenge with Town defender Ben Godfrey.

The 24-year-old has been in the gym with Head of Medical Marc Czuczman and is pushing to be involved in Saturday's home game with Gillingham.

"I haven’t trained yet but I’ve done a bit of running on Tuesday and had no problems, so hopefully today I’ll get involved with the lads again, and be in contention for Saturday," said Leahy.

"The knee is just very badly swollen - it’s gone down slightly but there’s still some fluid around there.

"I’ve been in every day since I took that knock against Shrewsbury and I’ve been training every day to get fit for the weekend."

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