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Walsall boss Michael Flynn says Jack Earing will be playing catch-up

Walsall midfielder Jack Earing appears set for a few more weeks on the sidelines as he continues to struggle with an Achilles issue.

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Earing was one of the Saddlers’ standout performers last season but has not featured in any of the summer friendlies.

Asked when the 23-year-old could return to action, boss Michael Flynn said: “I’m not sure. With Jack, he’s missed all of pre-season.

“He had a reaction after running last Saturday. It’s one I just can’t put my finger on.

“It’s basically inflammation of the Achilles, which is making his calf tighter when he’s running.

“He’s going to have to be right as it’s a dangerous area to be messing with.

"If you go and your Achilles ain’t right, and it snaps, you’re in big trouble.”

Flynn added: “He’s playing catch up. He’s a naturally fit lad, but he’s playing catch up.

"He’s going to need three to four weeks, easy.

"He’s got to play games and get minutes, so watch this space.”