Port Vale v Southend preview
Last Updated: August 26, 2011 1:57pm
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.
npower League 2
Sat 27th Aug
Accrington2 - 1Burton Alb
Bradford4 - 2Barnet
Bristol R0 - 0Hereford
Cheltenham3 - 1Crawley
Dag + Red1 - 1Torquay
Macc'field4 - 0AFC W'don
Northamptn0 - 2Morecambe
Oxford Utd1 - 1Aldershot
Plymouth0 - 1Crewe
Port Vale2 - 3Southend
Rotherham3 - 0Gillingham
Shrewsbury2 - 1Swindon
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