Injury-plagued defender Dan Jones is set to return to the Vale first-team squad for Saturday’s visit to Gillingham.
Vale are missing regular left-back Carl Dickinson who is suspended and stand-in Rob Taylor who was injured against Brighton.
Doug Loft has stood in but there is a feeling he is of more benefit to the team in midfield.
So Jones, who returned to full training last week after a groin injury, is likely to battle Adam Yates to play in the left-back slot.
Jones was highly impressive last season but he has been restricted to just ten appearances this season.