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Port Vale Vs Torquay United, Sat 28 Aug 2010

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Defender Adam Yates is an injury doubt for Port Vale as they prepare for the visit of Torquay.

The full-back hobbled off the field with a knee injury in the Valiants' 6-0 mauling to Fulham in the Carling Cup and boss Micky Adams will make a late decision on whether to pick the 27-year-old.

Winger Doug Loft is the only absentee as he suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung during Vale's 1-1 league draw with Chesterfield.

Adams has demanded his side bounce back from the disappointing result against the Cottagers.

He told the Sentinel: "I'm disappointed with the players both individually and collectively and I think we could have played better. But let's put it into perspective. This Fulham team drew 2-2 with Manchester United on Sunday and we now face Torquay.

"Torquay are a good side at our level, but they are not a Fulham because their movement and everything else is not going to be of the same standard."

Martin Gritton will return to give Gulls boss Paul Buckle the luxury of a fully-fit squad for the trip to Vale Park.

Gritton has been ruled out in recent weeks with a gashed knee but returned to full training this week, meaning all 22 professionals on United's books are available for selection.

The Gulls will be looking to maintain their astonishing run without conceding a league goal, which currently stands at a club-record 961 minutes.

Defender Mark Ellis has played a key role in this run and he is set to retain his starting place at Vale Park despite Buckle revealing he has received and rejected an offer from an unnamed League One club for the 21-year-old.

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