Port Vale v Colchester United, team news: meeting of two out-of-form teams

PUBLISHED: 12:16 26 January 2018

John McGreal, who could hand Luke Prosser his first start in 14 months, at Port Vale. Picture: STEVE WALLER

John McGreal, who could hand Luke Prosser his first start in 14 months, at Port Vale. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Luke Prosser could be in line to make his first start in more than 14 months, at Port Vale tomorrow afternoon.

It is a meeting of two clubs out-of-form, with Colchester United having not won in five games, with just three points gathered, and Vale having lost three of their last four, with just one point collected.

Ryan Inniss is expected to miss out – he has been struggling with a shoulder injury in recent weeks – which could pave the way for Prosser to return in a three-man defence for his first start since damaging his knee, back in early November, 2016.

- Luke Prosser champing at the bit

U’s manager John McGreal must choose whether to stick with Kurtis Guthrie or recall Frenchman Mikael Mandron in attack. Another option would be to play both up top, while teenager Courtney Senior is pushing for a first start after recent bright displays as a substitute.

Despite the recent poor run, McGreal is unlikely to make too many changes to his starting line-up, although his opposite number Neil Aspin could tinker with his side, with Shrewsbury on-loan defender Zak Jules in line to make his Valiants debut.

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