Port Vale: Joe Davis and Clayton McDonald give Valiants defensive boost ahead of Forest Green FA Cup clash
JOE Davis and Clayton McDonald look set to solve Vale's defensive dilemma.
The central defenders seem to have shaken off worrying injuries in time to face non-league Forest Green in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Both took part in training yesterday, having sat out Monday's session, and are likely to form a new partnership in the heart of the back four against the Blue Square Premier outfit.
Davis has recovered from a dead-leg suffered during the defeat at Northampton on Saturday and McDonald, having served a one-match ban, is also likely to be fit again after a hip injury.
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The news is a timely boost for boss Micky Adams, who is already without defenders John McCombe (suspended) and Gareth Owen (dead leg).
Davis, aged 18, is looking forward to his first taste of FA Cup action and admitted Vale are in for a tough test.
"They're going well in their league, so it's not going to be easy," he said.
"These sort of games always give the lower league club a chance to show what they can do and there is obviously a bit of pressure on us.
"We want to go as far as we can in the competition and pick up prize money as we go – that would certainly help the club out."
With no midweek game, Adams is planning to make sure his players are raring to go at Forest Green.
"We've got a free week ahead, so we'll get in a bit of rest and recuperation," said the Vale boss.
"We'll lick our wounds after losing at Northampton and we'll be ready."