Last Updated: 07/12/18 5:01pm
Morecambe skipper Barry Roche could be pushing for a return to the starting line-up as his side host Port Vale at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
The goalkeeper has had a frustrating time after picking up a thigh injury in the Shrimps’ clash with Newport at the end of October. Summer signing Zak Mills has been ruled out after having a hernia operation to fix a problem he has been battling all season.
On the long term injury list are James Sinclair (ankle), Aaron Wildig (calf) and Andy Fleming (knee).
Port Vale manager Neil Aspin is expected to name a similar side to the one which beat Stoke under-21s 4-0 in the Checkatrade trophy on Tuesday. Aspin made one change for the Stoke game from the side which played Yeovil in the league on Saturday.
Leon Legge will be unavailable for Port Vale, through illness, but is expected to return to training next week. James Gibbons is expected to continue in place of Legge, as he did against Stoke.
Having lost none of their first four home meetings with Port Vale in the Football League (W2 D2), Morecambe have since lost both of their last two, conceding three goals both times.
Port Vale have lost just one of their last five games against Morecambe in League Two (W2 D2), although they have failed to score in three of those five matches.
Morecambe have failed to score in nine home league games during 2018 – no side has failed to score in more in League Two during this period (Yeovil and Cheltenham also 9 each).
Port Vale have kept three clean sheets in their last four away league games (W2 D1 L1), although they have also failed to score in two of those matches.
Only Macclesfield (11) have conceded more goals from set piece situations than Port Vale in League Two this season (10 – Newport and Notts County also 10 each).