Caretaker Port Vale manager Danny Pugh has made seven changes for Tuesday evening’s Football League Trophy game at Sunderland.
Returning midfielder Jake Taylor (who agreed a permanent move on Monday) is included on the bench.
Striker Theo Robinson gets a rare start upfront while Dino Visser plays in goal and Adam Crookes lines up at left-back.
The line-up suggests Vale will revert back to a 4-3-3 formation with Conlon, Burgess and Whitehead in midfield while Hurst and Amoo are either side of Robinson.
Port Vale line-up: