The Valiants have been dealt an injury blow with the news that winger Byron Moore may miss the remainder of the season.
Moore has picked up a groin strain and Vale are still awaiting news of tests on his situation.
Moore’s injury will explain why the Valiants moved for Bournemouth’s Mohamed Coulibaly on loan. The deal for Coulibaly was viewed with some surprise at the time due to Moore and Mark Marshall’s good form on the flanks.
Fortunately, Vale have plenty of cover on the wings with Chris Birchall, Colin Daniel and Ryan Lloyd other options.