Port Vale: Valiants trio back for Shots test
PORT Vale are hoping to welcome back a trio of defenders for Saturday's game at home to Aldershot.
Dan Jones, Richard Duffy and Darren Purse, who all missed the weekend win at York, are expected to return to the squad.
Jones was originally in the team at York, but pulled out when he felt his knee injury during the warm-up.
But assistant boss Mark Grew reckons he'll be fit to return.
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"We threw him in there at York, but he didn't feel quite right, so we pulled him out," he said.
"It was probably 24 hours too early for him, but we think he'll be all right for this weekend."
Duffy has recovered from a virus and Purse is on his way back from a calf strain.
Midfielder Chris Birchall will miss both the Aldershot and Cheltenham home games as he's away on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago, while Sam Morsy serves the second match of his suspension.
But Doug Loft will be available again after his ban and Chris Neal is also expected to be fit.
Grew revealed the goalkeeper had almost been forced to miss the York game after suffering a back spasm on Friday.
"That was a bit of a worry because (reserve keeper) Sam Johnson is still struggling with his thumb and we had young Ryan Boot on alert," he said.
"We had to wait until Saturday morning to see if he was ok, and luckily he felt better and got through it.
"Chris won't train for a couple of days this week because there's no point rushing him back, but he should be fine by Thursday."
The news on Ashley Vincent is less positive.
The winger was stretchered off with an ankle injury at Bristol Rovers last week.
"He's very sore and though it's not a break, he could be out for a while yet," added Grew.
"We're hoping he'll be back before the end of the season, but it's difficult to put a timescale on it."