Left-back Dan Jones has failed to recover in time to be in contention for Vale’s match against Coventry City at the weekend.
We have not missed him dramatically, but I would like him fit again to give us that option…
It means former Coventry loanee Carl Dickinson is set to remain at left-back with veteran Liam Chilvers in central defence.
Manager Micky Adams said: “Daniel is an attacking full-back and offers that option from left-back going forward, he delivers great balls into the box
“But I have been more than pleased with Carl Dickinson at left-back as well.
“He is defensively sound, doesn’t quite offer as much energy going forward as Daniel does, but he offers other things.
“We have not missed him dramatically, but I would like him fit again to give us that option.”