Loan-signing Lee Molyneux will not be in Port Vale`s squad to face local rivals Crewe.
The Southampton left-back joined Vale on Thursday until the end of the season but is lacking match fitness and will not be considered for the encounter.
Manager Micky Adams has a big decision to make between the sticks with Joe Anyon`s place under threat following his howler that gifted Cheltenham a 1-1 draw last weekend.
Anyon has only recently regained the number one spot but has now made a couple of mistakes and Adams may opt to revert back to Chris Martin.
Long-term absentees Geoff Horsfield (calf) and midfielder Dave Howland (knee) continue to miss out, while fringe players Luke Prosser, Danny Glover and Ross Davidson all left the Valiants on loan on Thursday having been told they will not be offered new deals in the summer.
Crewe will be forced to make at least two changes for the trip to Vale Park.
The versatile Ashley Westwood begins a three-match suspension following his red card in the home defeat to Notts County last weekend.
Chris Stokes is also out after the on-loan Bolton defender suffered a hamstring problem during the same game.
James Bailey was forced off with a facial injury against the Magpies but boss Dario Gradi expects him to be available while fellow midfielder Simon Walton has recovered from a knock.
Leading scorer Calvin Zola has stepped up training following a troublesome ankle problem but the 16-goal striker remains a doubt.
Defender Carl Martin completes his three-match ban for his red card against Grimsby earlier this month.
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