Captain Doug Loft has been ruled out for a fortnight after suffering an injury during the 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra.
Loft, a virtual ever-present in the Vale side over the past two seasons will be a major loss for the side, although Vale will be boosted by the return of both Rob Taylor and Gavin Tomlin who can both play on the left-hand side of midfield.
Fellow midfielders Chris Birchall and Chris Shuker could also come into contention following Loft’s injury.
Loft suffered a calf strain and will be sent for a scan to assess the damage. However, the 26 year-old Vale skipper is expected to miss the games against Preston, Walsall and Salisbury.