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Vale Park (ATT 5,139) 5th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Port Vale Port Vale vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

Port Vale 4

J Myrie-Williams (32)
T Pope (55, 83)
B Williamson (77)

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Plymouth 0

N Chadwick (S/O 34)

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Last Updated: 04/01/13 12:19pm

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McCombe: Nursing a knee injury

McCombe: Nursing a knee injury

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

Port Vale are without John McCombe for the weekend tie.

The defender suffered knee ligament damage on New Year's Day and is expected to be out for at least six weeks.

Boss Micky Adams told the club's website: "John McCombe has had a scan and the news is not good.

"We need to get the swelling down and then re-scan it, but the best case scenario would mean he would be out for six weeks. The worse case, we don't know yet until the swelling goes down."

Clayton McDonald replaced McCombe against Fleetwood and could deputise once more.

Midfielder Chris Birchall has re-signed for the club but is unlikely to get international clearance in time to make his second debut.

Managerless Plymouth will be without Mark Molesley after he returned to his parent club.

Bournemouth midfielder Molesley's last game was the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers, a result which cost Carl Fletcher his job and prompted the club to install Romain Larrieu and Kevin Nancekivell in temporary charge until a replacement for the 32-year-old is found.

The two coaches have question marks over a couple of players ahead of the clash with Micky Adams' promotion hopefuls after transfer-listed captain Darren Purse (hamstring) and 17-year-old Tyler Harvey (calf) had to miss the last match of Fletcher's tenure.

Durrell Berry could keep his place in the starting line-up if Purse does not make it while Warren Feeney and Rhys Griffiths are battling to replace youth product Harvey if his calf injury rules him out.

But the duo have Paul Wotton available for the first time since September after a back problem. He was an unused substitute against Rovers and looks likely to be involved in the squad again.

Argyle have won just one of their last 13 League Two matches and are without a win in five.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12