Central defender John McCombe could be in contention for a first-team recall after he played 90 minutes for the Vale reserves.
McCombe has been missing since he suffered medial ligament damage in Vale’s game against Fleetwood on New Year’s day.
The big defender started Vale’s Staffordshire Senior Cup tie against Hednesford and lasted the full 90 minutes on his comeback.
Vale lost that game 3-2. Louis Dodds and Doug Price had given Vale a 2-0 lead but the home side hit back to win 3-2 and progress to the final.
Vale are somewhat low on numbers in central defence with Joe Davis also injured, Clayton McDonald on loan at Bristol Rovers and Liam Chilvers suffering from flu.
McCombe’s Vale Career
Joined: May 2008