Manager Micky Adams could name an unchanged side for the fourth successive league game when Port Vale host Southend.

It remains to be seen whether Marc Richards will return to the squad for the first time since the opening day of the season. The striker suffered an ankle injury against Crawley and has been sidelined since.

Several players tried to catch the manager`s attention in the reserves on Wednesday night.

Striker Louis Dodds and midfielders Lewis Haldane and Rob Taylor, all with first-team experience, played in the 3-1 defeat to Derby.

Ben Williamson, Mike Green and Ryan Burge also featured and will be desperate to get involved in Adams' plans, along with midfielder Sam Morsy.

Southend boss Paul Sturrock is battling a lengthy injury list.

Goalkeeper Glenn Morris and midfielder Ryan Hall are both struggling with a virus and will be assessed, although no risks will be taken with either of them.

Sturrock has also revealed another five or six unnamed first-choice players who have featured in the club`s previous two matches - defeats to Burton and Crawley - are battling knocks and will be monitored as late as possible.

Centre-back Mark Phillips has not featured of late due to his groin problem and will again undergo a fitness test, while influential striker Barry Corr continues to miss out with his knee injury.

However, Blair Sturrock is expected to play some part at Vale Park for the first time this season having now got two games under his belt upon his return from an ankle injury.

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