Port Vale injury latest on James Gibbons, Dave Worrall, Cristian Montano, Mark Cullen and Manny Oyeleke



Defender James Gibbons is back in training and could be in contention for the home game with Grimsby on January 9.

The 22 year old had an operation on a hamstring injury he suffered in the closing stages of the EFL Trophy game at Wigan on October 6. But he was able to return to full training for the first time today.

He’s ahead of schedule and so, while Vale are hoping he could be in the squad for the Grimsby game, they will be monitoring him as he steps up his training.

Manager John Askey said: “He has been a big miss. Hopefully he can get back to how he was.

“This year was always going to be a big season for James. He is at that age now where you look to push on and it has been a set back to him and ourselves.

“He is a really fit lad, hopefully he can come back and start pushing for a place.”

The manager added: “The main thing is to get him back in training and get a feel of the ball because he has not trained at all other than running. Probably in another week, I would have thought around about the Grimsby game, there is a possibility.”

Gibbons will add welcome competition to the right back spot. Mitch Clark has returned to Leicester after his loan but Vale also have Zak Mills and Nathan Smith for that position.

Meanwhile, Askey revealed that David Worrall, Cristian Montano and Mark Cullen all trained today following ankle, thigh and knee injuries respectively.

So, the staff will assess how they come through training before deciding whether they can go into the squad for Saturday’s game at Mansfield.

Meanwhile, Vale are hopeful midfielder Manny Oyeleke could be back in training next week. He’s been sidelined with an ankle injury.





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