Cheltenham Town Vs Port Vale, Sat 20 Mar 2010

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Cheltenham welcome back David Bird for their home clash against Port Vale.

The versatile 25-year-old missed last weekend`s stunning 6-5 victory at Burton due to an ankle ligament strain but is now back in full training and expected to be in and around Mark Yates` matchday set-up.

However, Josh Low will be unavailable due to the hamstring injury he picked up at the Pirelli Stadium, meaning Yates will be forced to make at least one change to his starting XI.

The left-back lasted just 16 minutes before being replaced by Lee Ridley.

Otherwise, the Robins boss has a fully-fit squad at his disposal and has much to ponder when it comes to naming his side having seen them 5-3 down with three minutes remaining against Albion, only to come back to claim three much-needed points in dramatic style.

Vale manager Micky Adams is unlikely to make any changes to his starting XI.

Adams watched his Vale side demolish automatic promotion hopefuls Chesterfield 5-0 last weekend to secure their first win at Saltergate in 21 years.

And should centre-back Gareth Owen (knee) pass a fitness test as hoped, he will find it extremely difficult to break up his starting line-up although a battling display from the club`s reserves under his watchful gaze on Wednesday will have helped the cause of some on the fringe.

Goalkeeper Chris Martin, right-back Adam Yates and striker Sean Rigg all impressed in the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and will have done their chances of involvement no harm at all, although Martin is highly unlikely to replace Joe Anyon between the sticks.

Yates recovered from a groin injury in time for the clash against Chesterfield but only found himself on the bench with Kris Taylor coming back into defence and Lee Collins going across to right-back, and that is likely to be the case again this time around.

Veteran striker Geoff Horsfield (calf) and midfielder Dave Howland (knee) remain in the treatment room, although Horsfield will still be barking his orders from the touchline as assistant manager.

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