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George Dobson Available For Selection Despite Collecting Fifth Caution

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to the local press and confirmed that the Saddlers will have stand-in skipper George Dobson available for selection at the weekend despite the midfielder having amassed on five yellow cards already this season.

20-year-old Dobson picked up his fifth booking in eleven games during last weekend's victory over Oxford United, but as one of those arrived during the Carabao Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers he remains one yellow card away from suspension.

Keates, who is looking to build upon last weekend's win over Oxford as his side continues to battle towards the upper echelons of the table, is adamant that Dobson doing little wrong with the former midfield man fearing the game is becoming a non-contact sport.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dean said; "George has got five bookings but one is cup specific so he is available for Accrington at the weekend. The way he plays and the way he applies himself, he covers every blade of grass and he competes for everything.

"He does run the risk of picking up bookings. The game is going away from being a contact sport. Some of them decisions, watching them back, they aren’t yellow cards.

"I think back to the one at Tranmere – that isn’t going to hurt us this weekend – but he has taken the ball. Unfortunately that is the way the game is."

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