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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 6,613) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Swarbrick

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Port Vale Port Vale

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Last Updated: 23/09/11 12:57pm

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Artell: Should be fit for Crewe

Artell: Should be fit for Crewe

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale at Gresty Road.

Crewe will be boosted by the return of Dave Artell.

The defender suffered a hamstring injury in the build-up to their encounter with Barnet two weeks ago and has missed their last three League two matches as a result.

However, Artell has taken a full part in training in the latter half of this week and is expected to be included in the squad to face the Valiants.

His availability presents manager Dario Gradi with a welcome selection dilemma as Harry Davis and Adam Dugdale have impressed in Artell's absence.

Gradi has no other injury worries as Crewe bid to extend a purple patch that has seen them win four of their last five League Two matches.

New signings Rob Kozluk and Liam Chilvers are expected to be in the Port Vale squad.

Kozluk is a free agent after leaving Sheffield United, where he played under Vale manager Micky Adams, at the end of last season and the 34-year-old has signed a short-term contract until the end of the year.

Chilvers, 30, arrives at Vale Park on a month-long loan from Notts County and will provide defensive cover with Gareth Owen, Jamie McCombe and Lee Collins out injured.

With Marc Richards completing a three-match suspension and Sean Rigg (hamstring) still out, on-loan striker Ben Williamson will again lead the attacking line alongside Tom Pope.

Williamson's brace in the 3-2 home defeat to Shrewsbury last weekend were the first goals of his Football League career.

Gary Roberts will not be involved after the midfielder was suspended by Adams following a serious breach of club discipline.

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2 Burton Albion 14 28
3 Luton Town 14 27
4 Bury 14 26
5 Shrewsbury Town 14 24
6 Plymouth Argyle 14 23
7 Morecambe 14 23
8 Newport County AFC 14 22
9 Cheltenham Town 14 22
10 Southend United 14 21
11 Portsmouth 14 20
12 AFC Wimbledon 14 19
13 Exeter City 14 19
14 Accrington Stanley 14 19
15 Cambridge United 14 18
16 Northampton Town 14 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 18
18 Stevenage 14 17
19 Oxford United 14 16
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 14 14
21 Carlisle United 14 12
22 York City 14 11
23 Hartlepool United 14 11
24 Tranmere Rovers 14 10