Northampton Town Vs Port Vale, Sat 12 Dec 2009

Published Add your comment

Football News

Northampton boss Ian Sampson has several injury concerns ahead of the visit of Port Vale.

Craig Hinton (ankle) and Andy Holt (groin) have joined team-mates Chris McCready (hamstring), Liam Davis (foot), Luke Guttridge (knee) and Abdul Osman (back) in the treatment room.

Steve Guinan will also miss the clash at Sixfields as he prepares to undergo a hernia operation next Tuesday.

But Dean Beckwith could start after recovering from a hamstring injury in time to make a substitute appearance last weekend.

Gary Mulligan (back) managed to take part in training on Thursday and should be on the bench, while Joe Benjamin is in contention after returning from his loan spell with Eastbourne.

Sampson told the club's official website: "The squad is a bit depleted and we will definitely have to make one or two changes to the team on Saturday."

Port Vale

Vale welcome back Gareth Owen as they look to quickly banish the memories of last weekend's home defeat to Morecambe.

The centre-back returned to full training on Monday having made a quicker than expected recovery from an operation to repair his fractured cheekbone. He is expected to go straight back into Micky Adams' starting XI.

Vale will be without on-loan striker Sean Rigg as he serves a one-match ban having been shown his fifth caution of the season last weekend.

Only one of those yellow cards has come while wearing a Vale shirt but Rigg`s indiscipline during a loan spell at non-league Forest Green means he is unavailable for selection.

Adams has seen his side perform better on the road this season than they have at Vale Park and they are unbeaten in seven games on their travels.

But he faces some selection posers after the abject defeat to the Shrimps, not least of all whether to keep faith with the 3-5-2 formation he employed for the game or revert back to his regular 3-4-3 wing-back system.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Northampton Town
Dean Beckwith
Steve Guinan
Craig Hinton
Port Vale
Gareth Owen
League Two
Gary Mulligan
Joe Benjamin
Liam Davis
Luke Guttridge
Chris McCready
Abdul Osman

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again