Port Vale: Doug Loft hoping to make return for York City clash
DOUG Loft is touch and go to recover from his troublesome calf injury in time to face York City on Saturday.
The 25-year-old skipper has been hindered by the injury since hobbling off during Vale's victory at Exeter on October 6.
He returned as a substitute for the FA Cup win at Forest Green on November 3 and then started the League Two clash at home to Rochdale three days later.
But he lasted just 26 minutes before limping off with a recurrence of the problem.
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Loft was ruled out at Southend last week and missed training on Monday, but he's now targeting the game against York for his latest comeback.
"I'd say I have a 50-50 chance of playing this weekend," he said.
"I'm making good progress and feeling a lot better by the day, so we'll just have to see.
"Hopefully, it won't be long before I'm back, because it's so frustrating to be out injured.
I'm always keen to play even if I'm feeling a bit of pain, but the medical staff and coaches are trying to rein me back a bit, so we'll have to see about the weekend.
"I'm stepping it up each day with the physio and it's feeling better. I'll keep pushing it this week."
Loft is determined not to do himself any more damage though.
"It was a bit strange last time," he added. "I only just came back to training on the Friday before the Forest Green game, but the injury felt fine when I went on in that match.
"I trained okay on the Monday and when I started against Rochdale, I didn't feel it at all.
"Then gradually it started to get a bit sore again and the gaffer told me to come off before I pulled it.
"It was more of a precautionary thing I suppose, but now it's had chance to heal a bit more and hopefully it won't be long before I'm training again."