McDonald and Davis set to face Forest Green Rovers

Clayton McDonald and Joe Davis look likely to be Vale’s central defensive partnership for the FA Cup clash with Forest Green Rovers.

The Valiants were potentially facing a defensive crisis with Gareth Owen, John McCombe and Richard Duffy (who can fill in at centre-half) all ruled out of the game.

However, McDonald and Davis both took part in training this week and the pair are likely to start together against the Blue Square Premier side.

Davis has recovered from a dead-leg while McDonald has also recovered from a hip injury.

The game is set to be Davis’ first taste of FA Cup action and the youngster told the Sentinel: “They’re going well in their league, so it’s not going to be easy.

“These sort of games always give the lower league club a chance to show what they can do and there is obviously a bit of pressure on us.”

Meanwhile, Adam Yates will fill in for Duffy in the right-back position

Clayton McDonald:

Age: 23

76+21 senior appearances

Joe Davis: 

Age: 18

8+5 senior appearances