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Crewe Alexandra Vs Port Vale, Sat 15 Jan 2011

Westy in line for Alex return (©PAphotos)
Westy in line for Alex return (©PAphotos).

Ashley Westwood looks likely to return to the Crewe starting line-up when local rivals Port Vale visit Gresty Road.

Westwood was replaced in midfield by fellow academy product Danny Shelley after picking up a knock during last weekend`s win over Wycombe.

Shelley started the defeat at Torquay on Tuesday night and scored a superb free-kick, but boss Dario Gradi has dropped a strong hint that he will not keep his place in the team.

"Danny scored a terrific free-kick, which got us back into the game. However, I won't be inclined to play him on Saturday because Westy will be available again," said Gradi.

Westwood`s inclusion is likely to be the only change made by Gradi, meaning Shelley will probably be joined on the bench by Nick Powell, Calvin Zola, Joel Grant and Adam Dugdale.

Port Vale manager Jim Gannon is not expected to have any new injury concerns as he kicks off his league reign.

Gannon, appointed as Micky Adams' successor, took charge for the first time last Saturday as the Valiants went down 4-2 at Burnley in their FA Cup third-round tie.

With the postponement of Tuesday's scheduled clash against Hereford, he has been able to use this week to great effect to work with his squad and fully start to implement his ideas.

But his plans continue to be without leading scorer Marc Richards (thigh) and influential midfielder Doug Loft (calf) until next month.

Louis Dodds was employed as a second striker to Justin Richards at Turf Moor in the absence of namesake Marc, with winger Lewis Haldane recalled to Vale`s starting line-up, and Gannon could name an unchanged XI at Gresty Road.

Other options for possible change include midfielders Sean Rigg, Tommy Fraser and youngster Sam Morsy, who earned a surprise half-time introduction from the bench against the Clarets.

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