Darlington are expected to be without central defender Richie Byrne for the home clash with Port Vale.

Byrne, a free signing earlier this month following his release from Inverness, was forced out of Saturday's defeat at Bradford early in the second half due to a hamstring problem.

Alan White, who replaced Byrne at Valley Parade, will continue alongside Ian Miller.

Manager Steve Staunton has no other new injury or suspension problems but will still be without defender Mark Bower (ankle), midfielder Chris Lumsdon (knee) and veteran striker Noel Whelan (hamstring).

The Quakers, hoping to end a run of three straight league defeats, are chasing their first league win since victory over Rotherham earlier this month in their bid for Football League survival.

Captain Tommy Fraser will again be missing for Vale.

The suspended midfielder served the first game of a two-match ban on Saturday as Vale went down 1-0 at Morecambe, bringing an end to a frustratingly inconsistent month that saw them lose four and win two of their six games.

The returning Anthony Griffith took Fraser`s vacated spot in the middle of the park and he should do so again, although manager Micky Adams may opt to make changes to his XI.

Vale started slowly out of the blocks at Christie Park and, although they could easily have snatched something, were ultimately left to rue a lack of conviction in the final third, with Adams calling for more consistency from every player in his ranks.

Midfielder Dave Howland (knee) and striker Geoff Horsfield (calf) are again expected to miss out.

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