Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson is still without the services of striker Ricky Sappleton for the home clash with Port Vale.

Sappleton remains sidelined with a knee injury and midfielder Richard Butcher is still out of action with a similar complaint.

Matt Hamshaw has picked up a slight thigh strain and Paul Bolland was suffering with a tight hamstring in last weekend's win at Wycombe but both men will hope to be passed fit.

That could leave Sappleton and Butcher as the Silkmen's only definite absentees as they aim to build on their 2-1 success at Adams Park.

It was their first league win of the season and Simpson said: "The more points we've got on the table the more confident we'll be."

Gary Roberts will miss the trip for Port Vale through suspension.

The midfielder, who scored the only goal to secure last Saturday`s 1-0 win over Aldershot, has been told to clean up his game having also picked up his fifth booking of the season.

His resulting one-match ban means skipper Tommy Fraser, Doug Loft or Louis Dodds are likely to step into the middle of the park to partner Anthony Griffith.

Loft is back in the frame having fully recovered from the cracked ribs and collapsed lung he sustained in last month`s 1-1 draw at home to Chesterfield.

New loan signing Jemal Johnson will be hoping to force his way into Micky Adams` plans out wide after arriving on a month`s loan from MK Dons.

His signing comes as Lewis Haldane trained for the first time on Thursday following his severe reaction to an insect bite over the summer, with the 25-year-old targeting a return to first-team action in a couple of weeks.

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