Bateson banned for Vale clash
Bateson, a free summer signing following his release from Blackburn, was sent off for violent conduct in the midweek Carling Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest after his horror tackle on Nathan Tyson. Manager Stuart McCall was without Bateson's fellow defender Matt Clarke in midweek due to a groin strain and if he fails to make it Steve Williams can be expected to start. Summer signing Steve O'Leary has missed the first two games with a foot injury, while Chris Brandon and Peter Thorne, dropped to the substitutes' bench after the 5-0 defeat at Notts County on the opening day, could both return.
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