Port Vale expect to be without David Amoo for the next two to three weeks after the winger suffered a hamstring problem in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Leyton Orient.
The news is a blow to the player, and the club because the 29 year old has been a major attacking threat.
But his campaign has been held back by injury. He has been out with the hamstring issue and was making only his ninth appearance of the season on Saturday having successfully come through training.
Amoo’s pace, skill and ability to take on defenders and deliver telling crosses has made him an important part of the side on the right wing since he was recruited by Askey on a free from Cambridge in the summer of 2019.
The manager does have options out wide. Those include Cristian Montano who replaced Amoo on Saturday. Montano played on the left with David Worrall shifting to the right wing, although Montano had moved to left back moments before he got Vale back in the game with a superb long range strike to level at 2-2 on 75 minutes.
Askey said: “We have good players out wide who are more than capable at this level. Monty on his day can cause real problems, he can be a match-winner. It was a shame on Saturday that his goal didn’t contribute to us winning because he deserved it. It was a fantastic goal.”
The Vale are away to Bolton on Saturday when they will be looking to end a run of five league defeats on the spin.
Askey says performances have been better than results over the last five games so that has kept morale high in training.
He said: “Training is nice and sharp and it is quite positive about the place.
“I think had we been playing really poorly and getting hammered every week then it is a different story, but it has been frustrating for everybody that we haven’t picked up results.”
However, Askey says the team have to improve performances rather than just rely on fortunes changing.
Vale dominated the game in the second half against Orient but ultimately were made to pay for conceding three goals too easily.
Askey says Vale’s concentration levels have to be better at both ends of the pitch.
He added: “You can only talk about luck so many times. Obviously there are things we’re not doing right, otherwise we would be winning games. So, you look at where we can improve.
“But in some cases, we have been playing better than when we had won games. It can be a fine line but it isn’t just bad luck.”
Vale take on a Bolton side who have won their last five games, the latest of which was 3-0 at home to Southend on Saturday.