Bodin says Inniss and Hooper could soon play a part

Bodin says Inniss and Hooper could soon play a part

Port Vale assistant manager Paul Bodin has said that Ryan Inniss and JJ Hooper may be involved in first-team action soon.

Inniss has returned to Vale Park after a spell injured and is close to full fitness. Bodin told the media: “There are a few more training sessions to go yet but he is looking stronger by the day and working with our performance coach John Harbin. We hope to see the benefits in the coming weeks. After this weekend I am sure he will be coming into contention.

In training over the last six to eight weeks he has done exceptionally well…

Meanwhile, Hooper’s chances have been boosted by Uche Ikpeazu’s return to Watford and Bodin commented: “We are looking for another striker but JJ has been working extremely hard. By his own admission he didn’t have a great game in the reserves where the manager was watching, so he is a little bit disappointed with his performance in that game. But in training over the last six to eight weeks he has done exceptionally well.

“He has come out of his shell a little bit more and is certainly a lot more physical. He is a lot fitter than he was when he first came. If we didn’t get a striker in over the next couple of weeks then JJ would be a great replacement for AJ.”