Football - Vale pair in fitness race

Chris Lines and Carl Dickinson are doubts for Port Vale ahead of their trip to local rivals Crewe.

PA Sport Report

Playmaker Lines and defender Dickinson were both forced to pull out of training on Thursday but manager Micky Adams has his fingers crossed the duo might be available for Saturday's derby clash at Gresty Road.

"Chris Lines has been ill during the week, hasn't trained (on Thursday) and we are hoping he will be back in training on Friday," said Adams, who will definitely still be without left-back Daniel Jones (foot).

"Carl Dickinson has an infection in an open wound on his shin and he's not been able to train (Thursday) either, but we are hoping he will be back in on Friday when the antibiotics kick in. So, a slight doubt but nothing major."

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