Port Vale coach Andy Smith concedes that the side need more competition upfront but is keen not to rush returning duo Anton Forrester and Alex Jones back too soon.
Smith told the Sentinel: “It’s extremely important [we don’t rush Anton Forrester back] because the last time we lost him for four or five weeks and we can’t afford to do that. We need our best players on the pitch and he is one of them. He is important to this football club, as are a lot of players.
“But up top we need to start scoring goals and we need competition up there.”
He added: “It may be too soon [for Alex Jones to return], but I’ll try! But his health is more important, we have to look after the boy as well.”