Gary Roberts will miss Port Vale`s trip to Macclesfield through suspension.
The midfielder, who scored the only goal to secure last Saturday`s 1-0 win over Aldershot, has been told to clean up his game having also picked up his fifth booking of the season.
His resulting one-match ban means skipper Tommy Fraser, Doug Loft or Louis Dodds are likely to step into the middle of the park to partner Anthony Griffith.
Loft is back in the frame having fully recovered from the cracked ribs and collapsed lung he sustained in last month`s 1-1 draw at home to Chesterfield.
New loan signing Jemal Johnson will be hoping to force his way into Micky Adams` plans out wide after arriving on a month`s loan from MK Dons.
His signing comes as Lewis Haldane trained for the first time on Thursday following his severe reaction to an insect bite over the summer, with the 25-year-old targeting a return to first-team action in a couple of weeks.