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Crewe Alexandra Vs Port Vale, Sat 24 Sep 2011

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Crewe will be without defender Dave Artell for their clash with Port Vale at Gresty Road.

The veteran suffered a hamstring injury in the build-up to the encounter with Barnet two weeks ago and has missed the Alex's last three npower League two matches as a result.

Despite taking part in training in the latter half of this week, Artell is expected to be sidelined once again against the Valiants.

His availability presents manager Dario Gradi with a welcome selection dilemma as Harry Davis and Adam Dugdale have impressed in Artell's absence.

Gradi has no other injury worries as Crewe bid to extend a purple patch that has seen them win four of their last five League Two matches.

New signings Rob Kozluk and Liam Chilvers are expected to be in the Port Vale squad.

Kozluk is a free agent after leaving Sheffield United, where he played under Vale manager Micky Adams, at the end of last season and the 34-year-old has signed a short-term contract until the end of the year.

Chilvers, 30, arrives at Vale Park on a month-long loan from Notts County and will provide defensive cover with Gareth Owen, Jamie McCombe and Lee Collins out injured.

With Marc Richards completing a three-match suspension and Sean Rigg (hamstring) still out, on-loan striker Ben Williamson will again lead the attacking line alongside Tom Pope.

Williamson's brace in the 3-2 home defeat to Shrewsbury last weekend were the first goals of his Football League career.

Gary Roberts will not be involved after the midfielder was suspended by Adams following a serious breach of club discipline.

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