Port Vale duo Stuart Tomlinson and Lewis Haldane are expected to be fit for the visit of struggling Macclesfield.

Goalkeeper Tomlinson was recalled for last weekend`s 2-1 victory at Aldershot but was forced off due to a recurring hip injury in the 69th minute, moments after causing and then saving a penalty.

Forward Haldane was a doubt going into the clash due to an ankle problem but passed a fitness test only to take a knock to the area, forcing him off at half-time.

However both should be in contention as Vale look to claim back-to-back wins for the first time since November.

Midfielder Gary Roberts, who contrary to reports has not been granted permission to leave on loan, serves the third and final match of his suspension, while centre-back Gareth Owen (ankle) is not yet thought to be ready to return.

Fit-again skipper Marc Richards started his first match since early January against the Shots and will do so again, likely partnered by Tom Pope after he extended his loan stay from Rotherham.

Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson is without suspended duo Ricky Sappleton and Emile Sinclair.

Sinclair and Sappleton were sent off along with Wycombe's Dave Winfield during last weekend's League Two encounter at Moss Rose, which the Silkmen lost 1-0.

Macclesfield have been charged with a breach of FA rule E20(a) - a failure to ensure that players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion &/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.

However, Carl Tremarco and Shaun Brisley are both available after long-term injuries and should come into contention to boost Simpson's squad.

Lewis Chalmers remains sidelined with a groin strain picked up in a Cheshire Premier Cup match in midweek and Vinny Mukendi is still missing with a knee injury.

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