Port Vale v Shrewsbury preview
Last Updated: 15/11/13 1:23pm
Doug Loft: Pushing for a start
Team news for Saturday afternoon's League One clash between Port Vale and Shrewsbury at Vale Park.
Captain Doug Loft could be fit to return to the Port Vale side against Shrewsbury.
Loft was left out of the team which won 4-0 at Shortwood United in the FA Cup after sustaining a calf injury and his return would present manager Micky Adams with a selection poser. Vale started the previous three league games with both Loft and Louis Dodds playing out wide but Jennison Myrie-Williams and Chris Birchall impressed on Monday night.
Dodds required 12 stitches above his eye after an accidental collision in training last week but confirmed his fitness with a substitute appearance at Shortwood.
Dan Jones is out of Saturday's game because of a foot problem. The injury means Adams is almost certain to name an unchanged back four.
Liam McAlinden returns to contention for Shrewsbury's short trip to Port Vale while new loan signing Gozie Ugwu could make his debut.
On-loan McAlinden was denied permission by parent club Wolves to feature in last weekend's hugely disappointing 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Walsall, while fellow striker Ugwu has been brought in on a deal from Reading until January.
Manager Graham Turner is demanding a response to Town's abject display at the Banks's Stadium and that could lead to changes, with the likes of McAlinden, Ugwu, Paul Parry, David McAllister and John Marsden pushing for starts.
Left-back Joe Jacobson remains sidelined with his hamstring injury as Shrews look to get back to winning ways.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 16th Nov
Brentford5 - 0Crewe
Carlisle1 - 1Crawley
Colchester1 - 2Swindon
Leyton Or0 - 1Preston
Notts Co0 - 1Wolves
Port Vale3 - 1Shrewsbury
Sheff Utd1 - 2Gillingham
Stevenage0 - 3Rotherham
Tranmere1 - 1Bristol C
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