Port Vale at Sheffield United: Micky Adams faces FA Cup selection headache of the good variety
MICKY Adams is relishing the prospect of a rare selection headache as Port Vale eye FA Cup glory.
The Valiants boss looks set to make at least one change for today's clash at League One Sheffield United, with centre-half Clayton McDonald struggling to shake off a thigh injury.
But with skipper Doug Loft and defender Gareth Owen available again, Adams has plenty of options.
"Two weeks ago, we couldn't fill the bench, but now the big selection poser will be who we leave out of the 18," he said.
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"That's pretty much a first for this season, but it's a nice problem to have."
McDonald is rated doubtful after pulling a muscle at Aldershot last week, but fellow central defender Owen featured for the reserves at Shrewsbury in midweek.
Youngster Joe Davis is another alternative.
Striker Calvin Andrew is also available after signing on a two-month deal with the club earlier this week.
"For somebody who has not played games this season, he looks great," said Adams.
"He's different from the strikers we've got already and I'm glad to have him on board.
"I'm sure he'll be a bonus for us in the short period he's here."
Adams reckons the second-round tie at Bramall Lane provides an exciting opportunity for his players.
"It's a chance for them to showcase their talents to a bigger audience," he added.
"I've always said some of my lads can play higher.
"It won't take a great deal to motivate them today, that's for sure. We'll embrace the occasion and go for it."
VALE have confirmed midfielder Chris Birchall will be training with the club from next week.
The former Valiants star, from Stone, is keen to maintain his fitness during what is the close season in America. He is due to return to Columbus Crew in March.