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Port Vale will be without Kayleden Brown and Romaine Sawyers as they host Stevenage.

The on-loan duo, who have played bit-part roles over the past month, have returned to parent club West Brom upon the completion of their deals.

Midfielder James O`Shea is in contention to play his final match before returning to Birmingham, while striker Tom Pope is currently due to complete his loan stay after Saturday`s clash against Aldershot.

However, Valiants boss Jim Gannon has revealed his desire to negotiate an extension with Rotherham to keep lifelong Vale fan Pope, who scored a brace to help beat Bradford 2-1 on Friday.

Midfielder Gareth Roberts misses out as he starts the three-match ban received for his sending off for the club`s reserves earlier this month. Centre-back Gareth Owen (ankle) remains out.

Striker Marc Richards continued his rehabilitation from his thigh injury with a further five minutes against Bradford and will again be pushing for more minutes.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley again looks set to be without Michael Bostwick when his side make the trip.

Westley`s men won 1-0 at Crewe on Saturday and the only change to their starting line-up saw Luke Foster take Bostwick`s place in defence.

Bostwick missed out due to a virus and is still suffering, so Westley is likely to name the same starting line-up.

Midfielder Darren Murphy is a definite absentee as he works his way back from an ongoing shoulder problem.

Scott Laird snatched all three points for Stevenage with a late winner at Gresty Road and Westley was full of praise for his men.

He said: "It was a classic away performance and a very important three points."

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