Northampton boss Ian Sampson has several injury concerns ahead of the visit of Port Vale.

Craig Hinton (ankle) and Andy Holt (groin) have joined team-mates Chris McCready (hamstring), Liam Davis (foot), Luke Guttridge (knee) and Abdul Osman (back) in the treatment room.

Steve Guinan will also miss the clash at Sixfields as he prepares to undergo a hernia operation next Tuesday.

But Dean Beckwith could start after recovering from a hamstring injury in time to make a substitute appearance last weekend.

Gary Mulligan (back) managed to take part in training on Thursday and should be on the bench, while Joe Benjamin is in contention after returning from his loan spell with Eastbourne.

Sampson told the club's official website: "The squad is a bit depleted and we will definitely have to make one or two changes to the team on Saturday."


Port Vale



Vale welcome back Gareth Owen as they look to quickly banish the memories of last weekend's home defeat to Morecambe.

The centre-back returned to full training on Monday having made a quicker than expected recovery from an operation to repair his fractured cheekbone. He is expected to go straight back into Micky Adams' starting XI.

Vale will be without on-loan striker Sean Rigg as he serves a one-match ban having been shown his fifth caution of the season last weekend.

Only one of those yellow cards has come while wearing a Vale shirt but Rigg`s indiscipline during a loan spell at non-league Forest Green means he is unavailable for selection.

Adams has seen his side perform better on the road this season than they have at Vale Park and they are unbeaten in seven games on their travels.

But he faces some selection posers after the abject defeat to the Shrimps, not least of all whether to keep faith with the 3-5-2 formation he employed for the game or revert back to his regular 3-4-3 wing-back system.

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