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Vale Park (ATT 5,009) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Anthony Griffith: Could return to contention

Anthony Griffith: Could return to contention

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

Anthony Griffith has forced his way into the thinking of Port Vale manager Micky Adams ahead of the visit of Carlisle after making a dramatic recovery from a hip injury.

Griffith resumed training on Thursday to press his case for a recall after he was forced to sit out last Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Wolves. Adams will monitor the midfielder's fitness before deciding whether to put him straight back into the side.

While Griffith was able to train, Vale were more cautious about the fitness of Rob Taylor (knee) after he felt a niggle earlier this week.

Jack Grimmer will do some light training on Friday having been excused duty after playing for the Scotland Under-21 team on Wednesday night. Fellow defender Liam Chilvers underwent a minor groin operation last week and has not yet recovered.

Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh is hoping James Berrett and Matty Robson return to contention for the game at Port Vale.

Midfielder Berrett has missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury, while left-sided defender/winger Robson sat out last week's goalless draw against Brentford with a back problem.

Defender Sean O'Hanlon remains doubtful after missing out last week through injury and on-loan Manchester United teenager Sam Byrne will be assessed after a hamstring strain forced him off midway through the second half.

Nacho Novo could make his first start for the club if Byrne misses out as the Cumbrians chase back-to-back league wins on the road.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24