Injury blow for Port Vale as defender suffers knee problem


Port Vale defender Shaun Brisley is set to miss the next four to five weeks with a knee injury. The 29 year old was injured in a collision as he went up for a corner in the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Walsall.

That’s desperate luck for the centre half who has impressed since getting his chance in the side when Nathan Smith was injured at the end of January.  Brisley has started the last six games, keeping his place even though Smith has been fit for the last four matches following a hamstring problem.

Vale can switch Smith back from right back into central defence to partner captain Leon Legge. But assistant boss Dave Kevan has plenty of sympathy for Brisley who had performed well in Vale’s six-game unbeaten run.

He added: “Shaun has had a medial ligament (injury) in his knee so we will be without him, probably for four to five weeks. So, that is a blow.

“The keeper clattered him and then I think one of their players fell on him while he was on the ground. He twisted his knee as the lad fell on him.

Port Vale’s Shaun Brisley in action against Vadaine Oliver of Northampton Town. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

“He has filled in tremendously well. The fact he kept Nathan Smith out of his regular position speaks volumes for how well he has done.

“It allows Nathan to go back into his more favoured position, as well as he had done at right back because we were delighted with his performances there. But we have options there at full back.”

Vale can move James Gibbons back in at right back after he lost his place while serving a two-match ban for ten bookings. The Vale have no other injury worries for Saturday’s game at home to Scunthorpe.

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