Football - Loft back for Vale

Captain Doug Loft will come back into the Port Vale squad against promotion rivals Cheltenham on his return from suspension.

PA Sport

Loft has missed the last three matches and could replace Chris Birchall in the starting XI following his exertions while on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago.

Manager Micky Adams will also be boosted by the return of full-backs Richard Duffy and Dan Jones and experienced centre-half Darren Purse as he looks to get the Valiants back on track at Vale Park, where they have lost three times during a four-game winless run.

Right-back Duffy comes back into the reckoning after a virus and left-back Jones is fit again following a knee injury.

Purse would have missed last Saturday's postponed home game against Aldershot with a calf strain but the 36-year-old has resumed training and is back in contention after a two-match absence.

Midfielder Sam Morsy will complete a suspension while winger Ashley Vincent remains sidelined with the ankle injury he suffered against Bristol Rovers on March 12 but the problem is not as bad as initially feared and he is expected to return before the end of the season.

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