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Port Vale Vs Chesterfield, Sat 19 Dec 2009

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Port Vale boss Micky Adams will be without John McCombe for the visit of Chesterfield.

The defender must serve a one-match ban following his dismissal in the 1-1 draw against Northampton last weekend.

But there is better new for Vale as on-loan striker Sean Rigg is available after completing his suspension.

Gareth Owen is again set to start after making his comeback from a fractured cheekbone against the Cobblers. The defender showed no ill-effects after completing the full 90 minutes.

Owen told the club's official website: "We know we are good enough to beat any side.

"I'm always confident going in to any game. Saturday is a big game for us, we have to improve our own form, we know that, but I think we can get the win."

Chesterfield forward Drew Talbot is expected to come back into the reckoning for the trip.

Talbot missed the home win over Cheltenham with flu but played for the reserves in midweek and netted the winning goal.

On-loan striker Davide Somma could also come back into contention after a hamstring injury ruled him out last weekend.

Boss John Sheridan must decide whether to stick with veteran keeper Mark Crossley or recall youngster Tommy Lee. Crossley was given the nod against Cheltenham and the 40-year-old`s inclusion coincided with a return to winning ways for the Spireites following a three-game losing streak.

Aaron Downes played another 90 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday and the centre-half, who has not made a first-team appearance since mid-April due to a serious knee injury, will be included in the squad once more.

As will winger Kieran Djilali after extending his loan until January 9, while Lloyd Kerry will hope to be involved after returning from a loan spell at Alfreton Town.

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Chesterfield
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Davide Somma
Gareth Owen
League Two
John McCombe
Drew Talbot

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