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Vale Park (ATT 3,734) 11th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

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Jack Grimmer: Expected to start

Jack Grimmer: Expected to start

Team news for Tuesday's League One clash between Port Vale and Colchester United at Vale Park.

Manager Micky Adams will make changes to his Port Vale team for the visit of Colchester.

Those changes are likely to come in defence after seeing his side concede six goals in the last two league matches. Jack Grimmer, on-loan from Fulham, looks certain to be moved from right-back to central defence, which could mean a recall for Adam Yates at right-back. Daniel Jones may also return at left-back.

Chris Birchall, Louis Dodds and, fitness permitting, Chris Shuker are options in midfield. All three players are like-for-like replacements for Jennison Myrie-Williams, while either Ben Williamson and Jordan Hugill could return up front.

"You make changes, and you give other people an opportunity," said Adams after Saturday's 3-2 home defeat to Swindon. "We have other people who have sat on the bench or have not been involved and have been struggling with their own games. Maybe a break has given them a little taste for it again."

Colchester will be desperate for their trip to Port Vale to get the go-ahead having seen their last three matches all fall victim to the weather.

The U's have not played since a 4-2 victory over Carlisle in mid-January, with subsequent clashes against Shrewsbury, Peterborough and Saturday's match versus Rotherham postponed.

Left-back Ryan Dickson is again set to replace Luke Garbutt following his loan recall by parent club Everton.

Forward Gavin Massey will look to return to the bench having overcome a hamstring injury, while fellow long-term absentee Drey Wright is also back in light training after a knee operation but is still some way off being available for selection. Defender Josh Thompson (ankle) remains out.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40