Jack Lester is likely to return to Chesterfield`s starting line-up when the runaway leaders host fellow promotion hopefuls Port Vale.

The veteran striker, who has started every home game this season, took his customary role as a substitute for away matches during the 2-2 draw at Barnet last Saturday.

On-loan Crystal Palace forward Kieran Djilali is the man most likely to make way for Lester`s return.

So strong is John Sheridan`s squad at present that Jamie Lowry and Scott Boden did not even make the bench at Underhill. They will be hoping for recalls along with Dwayne Mattis, Derek Niven, Ian Breckin and Ian Morris.

Simon Ford has recovered from a calf injury but is lacking match fitness after five weeks out, so boss Sheridan will stick with the central defensive partnership of Dean Holden and Gregor Robertson.

Chesterfield drew 1-1 at Vale Park back in August.

Centre-back Gareth Owen is doubtful for Port Vale.

The 28-year-old hobbled out of Tuesday`s 2-1 win over Lincoln early on with a recurrence of his hamstring injury - a problem which made his involvement in the encounter touch and go in the first place.

Should he not make it, Lee Collins will likely switch across from left-back with Kris Taylor duly stepping in to fill the void as he did against the Imps.

Sean Rigg returns into contention having served his three-match suspension, but midfielder Dominic Blizzard remains sidelined due to injury while the versatile Exodus Geohaghon is still to feature amid an investigation into his claims of racial abuse by Vale fans at Accrington.

Striker Justin Richards pushed his claims for involvement by bagging a winning brace for Vale`s reserves on Wednesday in front of caretaker boss Mark Grew.

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