Jeff Smith has proved his fitness by taking part in the full ninety minutes of a reserve game.
Vale reserves lost 1-0 to Mansfield Town in a game which featured Danny Sonner, Sean Doherty, Louis Briscoe and new signing Jason Talbot.
The left-winger has been dogged by ankle injuries this year, but his return is a timely boost to manager Martin Foyle.
Foyle’s midfield options have been hit by injuries to Sam Togwell and Chris Birchall and Smith will provide an extra option.
The former Bolton winger can now expect to earn a place on the bench for the home game against Yeovil Town