Accrington boss John Coleman has no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the home clash with fellow play-off hopefuls Port Vale.

However, Coleman will again wait on the fitness of Charlie Barnett before naming his squad.

The 22-year-old midfielder has missed the last three games with an ankle injury but will be handed a late fitness test to determine whether or not he is fit to face the Valiants.

Sean McConville, who has impressed in Barnett's absence, is likely to continue if he fails to recover.

Defender Leam Richardson looks set to miss out again with an ongoing groin problem that has seen him miss the last seven games.

Stanley will need to secure back-to-back victories if they are to keep up their slim hopes of an npower League Two play-off place.

Port Vale could welcome influential defender Gareth Owen back into the fold.

The centre-back has been missing for six weeks having strained ankle and knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw at Wycombe.

Owen was set to make an earlier than expected return two weeks ago until his knee flared up again, but should he come through training unscathed on Thursday then he is expected to be in contention to line up at the Crown Ground.

Manager Jim Gannon again faces a decision as to who starts in goal, with Chris Martin replaced at half-time by Stuart Tomlinson last weekend following his error in handing Oxford a first-half equaliser, a game the U`s went on to win 2-1.

Gannon faces more selection posers after describing his side`s performance against Oxford as "tired" and "jaded", opting to use the past few days as a chance to hand some players time to rest and others the opportunity to step up to the mark.

Assistant Geoff Horsfield returns to the dugout alongside Gannon after the conclusion of the club`s investigation into their bus row, while captain and leading scorer Marc Richards is looking for one more goal to register his 100th in senior football.

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