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Port Vale Vs Barnet, Sat 18 Dec 2010

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Port Vale will hand a fitness test to Gareth Owen as attention at the Burslem club switches back to on-field matters and the visit of Barnet.

The reliable centre-back was forced off with a back problem half an hour into last weekend`s disappointing 1-0 defeat at Morecambe.

Lee Collins, making his return from over a month out with shin splints, stepped into the fold to replace him and is on standby to do so again if required.

If Owen does make it then Collins will compete with Kris Taylor for the left-back berth.

Micky Adams has no other injury problems to deal with and will be hoping his side`s football attracts the headlines after a week at Vale Park which has been dominated by takeover talk, boardroom activity and supporters` protests at a controversial Annual General Meeting.

Barnet are hoping Izale McLeod will be fit.

The striker marked his first start of the season with both goals in Saturday's 2-0 win over Accrington but could not train earlier in the week due to muscle stiffness.

Defender Anwar Uddin and midfielder Ricky Holmes will be checked over after picking up knocks at the weekend while a bug at the club affected a number of players this week.

However, boss Mark Stimson is confident they will all be available and will probably name an unchanged side.

Winger Glenn Poole should be on the bench again after recovering from an ankle injury but Mark Byrne (knee), Daniel Leach, Darren Dennehy (both foot) and Danny Kelly (hamstring) remain sidelined.

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Kris Taylor
Daniel Leach
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Glenn Poole
Danny Kelly
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Lee Collins
Mark Byrne
Gareth Owen
League Two
Izale McLeod
Darren Dennehy
Anwar Uddin

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