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Cheltenham Town Vs Port Vale, Sat 23 Oct 2010

Bird back for Robins (©PAphotos)
Bird back for Robins (©PAphotos).

Mark Yates has received mixed injury news as he prepares his Cheltenham side for the visit of stuttering Port Vale.

Skipper Michael Pook was this week told he is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines due to the calf injury he picked up in the first half of last Saturday`s 3-1 defeat at Bradford.

However David Bird returns from a hamstring lay-off and will be included in Yates` matchday 18, although whether he starts remains to be seen.

Fellow midfielders Frankie Artus (cracked fibula) and JJ Melligan also played 60 minutes for the reserves in midweek and are in contention to start having both began proceedings on the bench at Valley Parade.

Defender Martin Riley (hamstring) is back in training but unlikely to figure against a Vale outfit winless in four, while top scorer Wes Thomas (thigh) continues to make good progress but remains a fortnight or so away from his comeback.

Vale striker Justin Richards returns to Whaddon Road to face his former employers, whom he helped save from relegation last term with 15 crucial goals, although he has not found the net in his last eight games.

Micky Adams is faced with plenty of selection decisions as he looks to rectify a "crisis of confidence" within his Vale players.

The Valiants boss made three changes for last weekend`s goalless draw at home to Gillingham but saw little sign of change as the Burslem outfit extended their winless run to three league games and duly lost top spot in the table.

Debutant centre-back Ritchie Sutton, left midfielder Rob Taylor and right midfielder Tommy Fraser came in for John McCombe, Sean Rigg and Jemal Johnson respectively, and Adams must decide whether to stick or twist.

But his options have not been helped by Johnson`s loan recall by parent club MK Dons and a hamstring tear which will keep Taylor on the sidelines for between six to eight weeks. Lewis Haldane (leg) continues to miss out.

Striker Justin Richards returns to Whaddon Road to face his former employers, whom he helped save from relegation last term with 15 crucial goals.

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