Calvin Andrew set for first start as Port Vale host Bradford
CALVIN Andrew looks set to be handed his first start as Port Vale aim to keep their Wembley dream alive.
The 25-year-old striker is likely to replace the suspended Tom Pope for tonight's home Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern quarter-final against Bradford City (7.15pm).
Midfielder Sam Morsy could be brought in from the cold, skipper Doug Loft is set to return and fit-again centre-half Gareth Owen may also feature.
Andrew, who arrived at the club on a two-month deal last week, made his debut as a 75th-minute sub in Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United.
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"Calvin did OK on Saturday, but he didn't see a lot of the ball, so it will good to see how goes against Bradford," said assistant boss Mark Grew.
"It's exciting to get him in and let's see what he can do.
"He hasn't played a full game for a long time and if we got 70 minutes out of him, that's probably all you could ask."
With midfielder Ryan Burge and defender Richard Duffy also banned for picking up five bookings, there could be a chance for Morsy, who has been frozen out since his red card against Rochdale almost a month ago.
"If Sam starts or comes on, he'll have a point to prove to the gaffer," he said.
"If you lose your place through suspension, you're never guaranteed to get it back.
"Sam has had to pay the price, but he hasn't been left out of the squad as a punishment. It's just that Kingsley James has come in and been outstanding."
Loft could play at left-back with Adam Yates moving to the right.
"If we win tonight, we will have a genuine chance of reaching a Wembley final and we're taking the game very seriously," added Grew.
"I think we'll probably be as strong as we were at the weekend in many respects."
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