Pope ineligible to face Millers

31 January 2011 08:00
Tom Pope is unable to face parent club Rotherham as Port Vale look to turn around their miserable run of form. Striker Pope joined the Valiants on a month`s loan on Friday and duly made his debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday`s 1-0 loss at Lincoln, yet he is ineligible to face the Millers under the terms of his switch. Defeat at Sincil Bank over the weekend was manager Jim Gannon`s fourth from five games since taking charge and his task gets no easier with the visit of third-placed Rotherham. Gannon has plenty to ponder ahead of the encounter, not least which formation to go with having started with a 4-2-3-1 system against the Imps before moving to a more conventional 4-4-2 in the second half. Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson missed his first league game of the season due to a hip injury and will be assessed, while skipper Gareth Owen was left on the bench upon his return from a one-match suspension before being introduced at half-time. Gannon must now decide the extent of his involvement against Ronnie Moore`s men, along with that of influential midfielder Doug Loft (calf) who made his long-awaited return as a 78th-minute substitute. Forward Sean Rigg (thigh) will again be monitored.

Source: PA