The worst possible outcome of Vale’s FA Cup defeat to Huddersfield Town could be confirmed as the club expect key players Remie Streete and Jak Alnwick to be sidelined due to injury.
Both players were forced out of the game and it is Alnwick who could face the longest spell out after suffering what the club called a “severe” ankle injury.
Streete will also be missing for a spell due to a hamstring injury.
After the game, caretaker manager Michael Brown told the media: “To lose Jak with a fractured cheekbone possibly, and a severe ankle which could keep him out longer than the cheekbone, it becomes very difficult. With Remie Streete, it is a hamstring so these are the times that are testing for us.”
Although Vale will miss Alnwick’s class, they are at least well stocked in the goalkeeping department. Although new loan regulations mean Sam Johnson cannot be recalled from his spell at FC Halifax, Vale still have deputy Miguel Santos plus youngsters Ryan Boot and Harry Pickering as back-up.
If Streete is ruled out then Kjell Knops is favourite to switch to central defence with Calvin Mac-Intosch also providing cover. Kiko or Sam Hart would switch to left-back if Knops moves positions.