Port Vale: Rob Taylor back and ready to fly again
WIDE man Rob Taylor's long-awaited return to full fitness is a major boost for Port Vale ahead of tomorrow's clash with Torquay, says assistant manager Mark Grew.
The 27-year-old has been sidelined with a calf injury since the final week of last season, but came through 90 minutes of the reserves' mid-week win over Mansfield unscathed.
The former Nuneaton man gives boss Micky Adams a valuable option down the left-hand side, where converted midfielder Doug Loft has been playing at full-back.
With the club's hands tied in the transfer market, Grew said the added versatility was crucial as Vale try to hold their position towards the top end of League Two.
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He said: "It was important for Rob to get 90 minutes. I was pleased for him because he has been out for a long time.
"He can do two jobs for us because he can play at left-back or in midfield, so it's a big plus for us to have him back in the squad and desperate to play.
"The situation the club is in we can ill afford three or four injuries."
Vale already have the maximum number of players they can register while in administration, so will not be able to exploit the loan market before the transfer window shuts this evening.
Grew, however, is looking on the positive side, believing that ongoing battles off the pitch has created a united front with the players, coaching staff and fans.
"We have found ourselves in a serious situation but we are in it together," he said.
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