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Rico Henry's Walsall injury fate to be revealed today

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Walsall were today set to discover how long they will be without Rico Henry after the left-back dislocated his shoulder in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Oldham.

The 19-year-old star was due to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury, sustained when he landed awkwardly during the first half at Boundary Park.

Henry missed close to two months when he suffered a dislocated shoulder at Preston in February 2015 but Saddlers manager Jon Whitney is optimistic about the latest setback.

"The shoulder has gone back in straight away so it is not as bad as the first time but we are going to have to assess it," he said. "I was physio when he suffered the injury at Preston, I went to the hospital with him and it took us a while to get that back in. It has definitely popped out but it has gone in quickly and he has not gone to hospital. That is a bonus but we won't know for sure until we get the scan. We need to see what damage there is to the structure around the shoulder so we will see how long he is out for."

Henry is the Saddlers' only recognised left-back yet Whitney was encouraged by the performance of Jason McCarthy, who moved over from centre-back following the injury.

"I thought he (McCarthy) did really well, he is one of them, he is a warrior, he will play anywhere, he just wants to play football," said Whitney.

"If you put him up front he would put a shift in. You do lose a bit of balance but he thought he was a threat.

"He played right-back a lot at Wycombe so he can play at full-back, he likes to bomb on and you could see that.

"We have natural defenders. Wherever you put them, they can do a job for you."

The draw at Boundary Park means the Saddlers have taken four points from their first two games and Whitney added: "It builds momentum, not getting beat.

"We won't always play great football but I want to be a winning manager."

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