Pope could be on bench for Crewe game

Pope could be on bench for Crewe game

Striker Tom Pope could make his long-awaited return from injury by lining up on the subs bench on Saturday.

Pope has been missing since October as he recovers from a knee injury but Vale are confident that the 29 year-old could be among the substitutes against Crewe.

Pope is still the Valiants’ joint top-scorer with nine goals despite missing the last 13 games.

Pope is one of five former Crewe players in the Vale line-up – the others being Adam Yates, Colin Daniel, Byron Moore and Michael O’Connor.