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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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Sky Bet League 2

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1 Shrewsbury Town 28 54
2 Burton Albion 28 54
3 Wycombe Wanderers 28 53
4 Luton Town 27 50
5 Southend United 28 50
6 Newport County AFC 28 46
7 Bury 28 44
8 Stevenage 28 41
9 Exeter City 29 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 28 40
11 Morecambe 28 38
12 Northampton Town 28 37
13 AFC Wimbledon 27 37
14 Cambridge United 27 36
15 Oxford United 28 33
16 Accrington Stanley 27 33
17 Tranmere Rovers 27 30
18 Portsmouth 27 30
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 28 30
20 Carlisle United 28 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 30
22 York City 28 28
23 Mansfield Town 27 28
24 Hartlepool United 28 21