Port Vale update on Lucas Covolan ban after red card



Port Vale keeper Lucas Covolan is expected to be available to play in Saturday’s opening game of the season, at Northampton.

Covolan was sent off 11 minutes from time in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Chesterfield and, although cards in friendlies do not normally lead to bans in the league games, the FA do reserve the right to impose them.

The club has been chasing up the issue today (Monday) and, as things stand, expect Covolan to be eligible to play at Northampton with any ban then being applied to their next friendly.

But the club is not convinced a ban should apply at all and is exploring an appeal.

Manager Darrell Clarke said after the game the keeper hadn’t deliberately elbowed Spireites forward Nathan Tyson when they collided after Covloan came to the edge of his area to clear the ball.

The 30-year-old Brazilian-born keeper joined Vale in the summer from Torquay where he was out of contract having helped them reach the National League play-off final.

Vale also recruited Aidan Stone, on a free from Mansfield, but Covolan seems to have won the race to play in the league opener having started Vale’s most recent friendlies.

The number one spot is available after Scott Brown was released in May. He has subsequently joined Exeter City as player-coach.





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