Shrewsbury are hoping Matt Harrold again declares himself fit to face promotion contenders and local rivals Port Vale.

The striker has been struggling with tonsilitis but stressed his determination to start Saturday`s 3-2 victory at Northampton, only to be forced off at half-time feeling exhausted.

But Harrold is feeling better than he did going into the Sixfields clash and will be assessed prior to kick-off.

Defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff missed training on Monday with a dead leg but manager Graham Turner expects him to be okay, but midfielder Sean McAllister again sits out of the clash as he recovers from his hernia operation.

Ironically, Turner was a player for Shrews the last time the Shropshire club tasted league success over Vale way back in 1978.

Gary Roberts returns from suspension while fellow midfielder Louis Dodds is also pushing to start.

Roberts, who picked up a red card while playing for the club`s reserves, completed his three-match suspension with the passing of Saturday`s 2-1 victory over struggling Macclesfield.

He now comes back into Jim Gannon`s thinking alongside Dodds, who came off the bench to score a stunning goal which ultimately proved the difference against the Silkmen.

Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson looks set to have to make do with a place on the bench.

Centre-back Gareth Owen (ankle) continues to work his way back to full fitness but is not expected to be involved at the Greenhous Meadow as sixth meets fifth in League Two.

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