Football - Purse and Hughes poser for Adams

Port Vale boss Micky Adams faces a selection dilemma ahead of his side's top-of-the-table clash with Gillingham.

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After signing experienced duo Darren Purse and Lee Hughes this week, Adams must decide whether or not to change a winning team.

Liam Chilvers played the last game of his initial loan spell during last weekend's 4-0 home win over Plymouth, but the central defender's stay at Vale Park was extended on Thursday.

He is expected to keep his place in the team but Adams gave little away regarding the involvement of defender Purse or striker Hughes.

"I'll consider my options, but the important thing is we have them," Adams told the media in his pre-match press conference.

"We now have good options and can use different styles. We've got a real mixture there, particularly in terms of front play. We can mix it at any given moment against any given team."

Chris Birchall is another option for Adams after making his first appearance since rejoining the club as a second-half substitute against Plymouth.

Defender John McCombe will not travel as he is expected to be out for several weeks after tweaking his medial ligament on New Year's Day. Louis Dodds is another who will miss out after picking up an injury this week in training.

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