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    GX Saint wrote:
    seventh-junction wrote:
    He's got all week to rest it so let's hope he's ok by Saturday. AM is available and is well capable so no worries really. If we play like we did for the first and last 25 mins of each half on Saturday and don't take the foot off the gas for the other 20 mins each side of half time we will give watford a torrid afternoon. They are quite a good side at home and will be looking to avenge the thumping they got at St Marys. 2-0 Saints and the Woolston Connection are raring to go!! A few beers in London early on and then on to Watford COYR
    I know what you mean but you've described about 140 minutes of football ...
    I've got a good feeling for 2-0 Saints too.
    Ive been resting all week so whats going on!"
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Adkins sweating on fitness of Hooiveld

Jos Hooiveld scores against Derby.

Jos Hooiveld scores against Derby.

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

SAINTS are hoping Jos Hooiveld will be available for next weekend’s trip to Watford, despite the defender being substituted with a hamstring problem in the win against Derby.

The centre half opened the scoring in the 4-0 rout of the Rams, but lasted just 45 minutes before being taken off.

It was only Hooiveld’s third game back following a lay-off of nearly three weeks with an initial hamstring injury.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins revealed it was the same issue that forced the Dutchman to be withdrawn at the weekend, but he is optimistic Hooiveld won’t miss Saturday’s game against the Hornets.

Adkins said: “Jos was feeling his hamstring, so hopefully it’s not too bad.

“We’ve got Aaron Martin to go in there, so every confidence.

“All being well, Jos should be available for the weekend’s game.”

Hooiveld himself said afterwards that there is “nothing to worry about” and that he was merely taken off as a “precaution”.

For full story, plus SIX pages of Saints coverage, see today's Southern Daily Echo

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