Wanderers Await Cup Opponents

Wanderers expect skipper Ricardo Santos to be back to lead them out at Port Vale as Ian Evatt's men aim to extend their unbeaten start.

Striker Dion Charles will miss Saturday's trip to the Potteries as he recovers from a thigh strain.

But captain Ricardo Almeida Santos is set to be fit after sitting out the mid-week Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers which has earned the Whites a home tie against Aston Villa in round two.

Santos had been touch-and-go for last Saturday’s League One game against Wycombe after contracting plantar fasciitis – a painful foot condition.

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But the skipper helped keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory and looks set to be able to continue his pivotal role in Wanderers’ back line at Vale Park.

“The plantar fascia problems can be really sore but he’s improving every day,” confirmed Whites’ boss Evatt, who also hopes to have Declan John available after the wing-back was forced to come off at half-time of Tuesday night's cup success.

“He’s trained fully today and there will be no problems for Saturday.

“Dec was vomiting through the night so missed today.

“But these viruses normally only last 24 hours or so, so fingers crossed for him and he’s available for Saturday.”

Wanderers have lodged an appeal against George Thomason's sending off against Salford as they seek to have the midfielder's red card over-turned ahead of Saturday's game at Vale.

Meanwhile, summer signing Eoin Toal is building up his fitness after recovering from injury and the midfield pair of Josh Sheehan and Lloyd Isgrove – out of action since November – are both on target to return in the B team next week in their Central League opener at Fleetwood Town.


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