Martin Foyle could have some Christmas cheer at last as experienced duo Lee Matthews and Robin Hulbert return to first-team action.
Craig James last started a match for the Valiants in November’s LDV clash against Tranmere Rovers but returned as a substitute in the weekend’s game with Luton Town.
Ryan Brown has done well in James’ absence and with James versatile enough to play in central defence or midfield, his return should provide an interesting and welcome selection dilemma for Martin Foyle.
Matthews last played for the Valiants in October’s 2-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and his return will beespecially welcome due to Vale’s lack of options upfront.
Nathan Lowndes and Ian Armstrong are both injured leaving youngsters Simon Eldershaw and Billy Paynter as Vale’s only fit forwards.