The financial mismanagement of the board have had further repercussions on the playing staff with Micky Adams admitting “We had to include everybody on our books, including the youth team, to put on a training session.”
Vale’s lengthy injury list now includes Tom Pope (groin), Lee Collins (ankle), Marc Richards (ankle), Rob Taylor (calf) and Gareth Owen (foot). Stuart Tomlinson is still struggling with a thigh injury while Clayton McDonald will be suspended.
Owen is likely to be rested as he recovers from stiches in a foot injury, while Ben Williamson is doubtful with a knee injury. Meanwhile long-term injured Lewis Haldane and Ryan Burge are both out.
The only good news for Adams is that Kingsley James and Sam Morsy both impressed when they came on as subs and fellow rookie Phil Roe has recovered from a deadleg.
Adams cannot rely on the transfer window to bring in new faces due to the failings of the current board, so he will have to make do with the fit players he has, supplemented by youth teamers.
Adams told the Sentinel: “We had to include everybody on our books, including the youth team, to put on a training session.
“We’ll work our way through the injuries and there will be a lot of intensive treatment this week to get a team ready for Wimbledon.”