Port Vale with injury worries after Mansfield Town draw

Having drawn 1-1 with Mansfield Town in a hard-fought game, Port Vale are staring down the barrel of a few headache injuries. Chief among those injuries is Jamie Proctor, with the key player for the team set to be missing for Saturday’s home match with Colchester United. He might also miss the game with Crawley Town, with a stomach injury that kept him out of the Mansfield game likely to not have healed in time.

With seven goals already this year, Proctor is crucial to the chances of Vale making good on their ambitions this season. A muscle tear, though, could see him out for at least two weeks. This means a few changes for the Mansfield game, with Proctor missing as well as Lewis Cass and James Gibbons.

Though Proctor missed out with what manager Darrell Clarke declared a “grade one” injury, others missed out including Cass. On the case of Cass missing out, Clarke put it down to a mixture of tiredness and fatigue as to why he was out of the squad for this one.

Speaking about Cass, Clarke added: “Cassy is a young lad, he needs a break now and again. There is nothing wrong with Cassy. We have a healthy squad.

Three games in a week can take its toll, certainly on younger players at times. He will be back in the frame on Saturday, that’s for sure.”

A win needed at the weekend after frustrating draw

With injuries building up a little, a somewhat shallow Vale squad looks set to be tested in the coming weeks as more injuries are added to the team. Though Cass is likely to be back for the weekend, Gibbons is uncertain and Proctor is almost definitely missing. This means two important players will be out, leaving coach Clarke with a headache to try and solve.

Even more of a headache, though, was the nature of the 1-1 draw with Town. Tom Conlon bent in a smashing free-kick in the 33rd minute, and left Vale with a solid 1-0 lead. Playing well and in relative control of the game, though, Town were given a penalty just before half-time. Oli Hawkins stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Lucas Covolan made the save to keep the game at 1-0. At that moment, some Valians could be tempted to see him as one the greatest Brazilian football players of all time.

The score remained unchanged until George Lapslie equalized around the hour mark and the match petered out to a 1-1 finish, leaving Vale in fourth spot and Mansfield fourth from bottom.

Clarke has done a solid enough job so far, but fans will want to see games where command was held against a team lower down in the league seen through. While it is all part of the learning process, it is another challenge to overcome – and with injuries to some important players, it leaves Clarke and co. trying to teach the squad valuable lessons without having the full squad to pick from.

Challenges are set to come in the next weeks, then, as Vale look to build momentum and push towards the top end of the league. One of the greatest Port Vale blogs, where you can find latest news and rumours: Onevalefan.

25.10.2021 < Back