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Vale Park (ATT 4,615) 27th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Port Vale Port Vale vs Southend United Southend

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D Loft (25, pen 52)

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M Phillips (5)
L Dickinson (10)
R Leonard (29)

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Last Updated: 26/08/11 1:57pm

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Richards: Still hasn't played for Valiants

Richards: Still hasn't played for Valiants

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Southend at Vale Park.

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.

Meanwhile Paul Sturrock is battling a lengthy injury list ahead of Southend's trip to Port Vale.

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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1 Burton Albion 34 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 33 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 33 60
4 Luton Town 33 58
5 Southend United 33 57
6 Bury 33 55
7 Newport County AFC 33 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 33 52
9 Stevenage 33 49
10 Northampton Town 33 47
11 AFC Wimbledon 33 45
12 Portsmouth 33 44
13 Morecambe 33 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 33 43
16 Cambridge United 33 41
17 Oxford United 33 38
18 Mansfield Town 33 38
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 33 37
20 Tranmere Rovers 33 34
21 Cheltenham Town 33 34
22 York City 33 33
23 Carlisle United 33 33
24 Hartlepool United 33 27