Boss Micky Adams will give Sean Rigg as much time as possible to recover from hamstring and calf problems in order to renew his partnership with Marc Richards as Port Vale host Macclesfield.
The on-loan striker limped out of Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Burton shortly into the second half and missed training on Thursday but Adams is hopeful he will be okay to take his place against the Silkmen as he looks to keep changes to a minimum.
Between them, Rigg and Richards have fired four of Vale's five goals in their last two games and seem to have struck up a good understanding having set each other up in midweek.
Attacking midfielder Rob Taylor returns from his one-match ban to provide Adams with more welcome options as Vale look to continue a run that has seen them lose just one of their last seven.
Striker Geoff Horsfield has returned to training following a hamstring injury but is not yet ready for match action, while recent signing Craig Davies will be keen to prove his worth but will seemingly have to do so from the bench.
Macclesfield boss Keith Alexander will again be without midfield duo Ross Draper and Hamza Bencherif.
Draper is nursing a hernia problem and Bencherif suffered a fractured ankle in the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on December 5.
The Algerian has returned home to France for a short break as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken ankle. He sustained the injury against Rochdale in early December and is unlikely to play again this season.
Alexander could hand new recruit Craig Lindfield a debut after the former Liverpool striker was an unused substitute in Wednesday's disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Northampton.
Fellow frontmen Matthew Tipton, Ricky Sappleton and John Rooney are also pushing for starting berths.M
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