Double blow for Port Vale: who’s available and who’s not for game against Morecambe?

Port Vale have been dealt a double blow with the news that defender James Gibbons and midfielder Manny Oyeleke are both ruled out of the home game against Morecambe on Saturday.

Right-back Gibbons has been one of Vale’s key performers this season but is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season. Meanwhile, midfielder Oyeleke, who lasted just nine minutes of the game against Leyton Orient, has suffered a “long-term” hamstring injury.

It means that Scott Burgess is likely to start in midfield in place of Oyeleke while central defender Kieran Kennedy could switch to right-back to take Gibbons’ place in the side.

Here’s our summary of which Port Vale players are doubtful or ruled out of the Morecambe game…

Suspended

  • James Gibbons is suspended for this game and will not play.

Long-term Injured

  • Manny Oyeleke is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
  • Central midfielder Tom Conlon has a knee injury and is still two to three weeks away from featuring again.
  • Similarly, utility man Callum Evans, a natural replacement for Gibbons is two to three weeks away from returning.

Injury Doubts

  • Striker Mark Cullen suffered a knee injury in the Macclesfield game but could be fit enough to return.
  • Forward Cristian Montano was replaced during the draw with Mansfield Town but may now be fit enough to play.
  • Finally, forward Rhys Browne hasn’t featured since the loss to Exeter City but could now be fit enough to feature.
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