Port Vale are expected to have Sean Rigg back in contention for their home clash against Hereford.

The on-loan striker has missed the last two games - goalless draws against Macclesfield and Rochdale - with a hamstring injury but his rehabilitation work has gone well, meaning he stands a strong chance of being available to face the Bulls.

That would present manager Micky Adams with a selection poser as he decides whether to reinstate Rigg or keep faith with Craig Davies.

Fellow striker Geoff Horsfield returned from a hamstring problem of his own to grab a brace in Vale's Staffordshire Senior Cup quarter-final win at non-league Hednesford Town in midweek.

However, whether he is included in Adams' matchday 18 on Saturday is a different matter.

Attacking wide man Lewis Haldane has this week made his switch from Bristol Rovers permanent and he should keep his place against a Bulls side who are winless in six.

Paul Downing and Lateef Elford-Alliyu will be available to make their debuts as Hereford look for vital points.

The West Brom duo penned initial month-long loan deals at Edgar Street earlier this week and could be thrown straight into the mix as John Trewick looks to end a five-match unbeaten run in the league.

Defender Richard Rose is doubtful but will be assessed on Friday as he attempts to overcome the jarred knee that ruled him out of last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Bury.

Ryan Green definitely remains sidelined as he recovers from his hernia operation, with the defender currently focusing on flexibility and strengthening work as he targets a return in around three weeks' time.

Striker Lee Morris (knee) is also still out as the Bulls look to put some valuable breathing space between themselves and the bottom two.

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