The Staffordshire Sentinel reports that full-back Zak Mills has been ruled out for four weeks after a hamstring tear.
Ironically, the injury means the full-back will miss the chance to appear against one of his former clubs. Mills spent a year at Morecambe between 2018 and 2019.
The defender has started five of Port Vale’s six games this season in the absence of last season’s regular right-back James Gibbons.
Gibbons is back in training and may be an option to return for Saturday’s game against Morecambe. Another option would be to switch Nathan Smith (who started at right-back in the Football League Trophy and played the second-half of the Harrogate game) there and bring Shaun Brisley in to partner Leon Legge.
Manager John Askey told the Sentinel that: “Zak has a grade two tear so he will probably be about four weeks before he is back.
“With keeping three clean sheets he hasn’t done too badly! When things are going well you want to try to keep it going but that gives somebody else an opportunity now.”
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Clubs: Oldham, Morecambe, Grimsby, Boston United, Histon