Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler will be without forward Dennis Oli and midfielder Jack Payne for the visit of title contenders Port Vale.

Oli continues to struggle with a hamstring problem despite a nine-minute cameo against Macclesfield last time out, while 19-year-old Payne is out after suffering ankle damage in training whilst working his way back to fitness from a broken foot.

The Gills will also be without defender Tony Sinclair, who faces six weeks on the sidelines after it was discovered during a precautionary scan that he had a broken foot, while midfielder Chris Palmer is struggling with a knee problem.

However, Adebayo Akinfenwa may shake off a groin injury to play his part as Gillingham look to extend a run of three consecutive wins - all on the road - which has seen them move away from the relegation zone in npower League Two.

Port Vale boss Micky Adams will make a late check on defender Gareth Owen.

Owen was forced off after only 30 minutes of the 1-0 defeat to Morecambe two-and-a-half weeks ago, but could recover in time to feature in the squad.

However, highly-rated Lee Collins replaced Owen at the Globe Arena on his return from shin splints and will be vying for a starting berth this time out, leaving Adams with a decision to make.

Vale have no other injury or suspension worries as they attempt to regain the form that saw them go unbeaten in 11 games previous to the defeat.

Winger Lewis Haldane is pushing for a place in the starting line-up following his lively substitute appearance against the the Shrimps.

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