Valiants short of numbers for Southend trip

Valiants short of numbers for Southend trip

The home draw with Rochdale ended with three more players being unavailable for first-team action as a depleted Vale squad looks likely to make the trip to Southend at the weekend.

The sending-off of Sam Morsy was the main talking point of the Rochdale game and the midfielder will now be banned for the trip to Southend. Morsy’s absence means that Chris Shuker is likely to partner Ryan Burge in midfield.

Meanwhile, captain Doug Loft was unable to complete the game after his comeback from injury which means that Rob Taylor is likely to fill in at left-back.

And the luckless Darren Murphy lasted only minutes after coming on as a substitute and is also unlikely to feature in the matchday squad.

Vale are also short of numbers in defence with John McCombe suspended and Gareth Owen injured.

If Loft fails to shake off a calf injury, it would mean that Vale only have fifteen first-teamers available to travel to the South coast.

Likely Vale squad: Neal, Johnson, Yates, Davis, McDonald, Taylor, Myrie-Williams, Burge, Shuker, James, Vincent, Lloyd, Dodds, Pope, Williamson

On the sidelines

John McCombe (suspended)

Sam Morsy (suspended)

Gareth Owen (injured)

Darren Murphy (injured)

Richard Duffy (injured)

Doug Loft (injured)

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