Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy will have defender Jim Bentley and midfielder Stewart Drummond available after injury for the home clash against Port Vale.

The Shrimps duo have been nursing knee problems but have been passed fit, although striker Paul Mullin is still unavailable with a calf injury.

There are no other injuries or suspensions for Morecambe as they bid to climb the table following a dismal start to the season.

After making his debut against Crewe, new signing Kieran Charnock is set to start once again after McIlroy was delighted with his performance.

McIlroy said: "I was very pleased with him, especially as we had only worked with him for one day. He should be a big asset for us."

Port Vale will have Lee Collins back in contention for the trip.

The defender has not played since the initial 1-1 FA Cup first-round draw with Dartford at the start of November due to shin splints.

But, having resumed training last Thursday before getting a 90-minute practice match under his belt, Collins is likely be included in Micky Adams` matchday 18 at the Globe Arena.

He is unlikely to start, however, due to his lack of match fitness and the current hard nature of training and playing surfaces, which makes his recovery from shin problems a steady one.

Otherwise, Adams has no injury or suspension concerns with Vale having failed to play since their FA Cup second-round triumph over Accrington on November 26.

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