Forest Green face defensive shortage against Port Vale



Posted Monday, February 10, 2020 by PA

Forest Green face defensive shortage against Port Vale

Forest Green remain without several defenders for the Sky Bet League Two clash against Port Vale.

Joseph Mills has a knee injury and is not expected to return until March, while Liam Shephard is still troubled by a hamstring issue and set for a number of weeks on the treatment table.

It is not all bad news, with George Williams returning from a broken leg to make his first appearance since August in the 2-1 loss to Walsall on Saturday.

Jevani Brown and Dayle Grubb missed the weekend defeat with hamstring injuries and are not expected to recover in time for the home encounter.

Vale will be forced to make a change to their starting XI from the win at Northampton, after James Gibbons received a costly caution on Saturday.

The full-back was shown a 10th yellow card in League Two this season and will now serve a two-match suspension.

Boss John Askey is already without defender Jake Taylor (knee) for the rest of February, but Nathan Smith was back at the weekend.

A hamstring injury was expected to sideline him for a number of weeks but he was on the bench at Northampton and called upon late on at Sixfields.

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