Port Vale could hand new signing David Worrall a debut in the derby clash with Crewe in Sky Bet League Two.
Worrall signed a two-year deal with the Valiants on Thursday and is expected to go straight into a squad beset by injuries.
Goalkeeper Rob Lainton (thigh) is expected to be out while striker Tyrone Barnett (hamstring) is a couple of weeks away from featuring despite making good progress.
Forward Anton Forrester (thigh) and midfielder Danny Pugh (knee) are sidelined with longer-term problems.
Zoumana Bakayogo is pushing for a starting place in the Crewe team following his return from injury.
The left-back made his first appearance of the season as a second-half substitute against Barnet and provided the cross for Chris Porter's winning goal last weekend.
Young defender Perry Ng is back in contention after missing the 1-0 victory over the Bees through suspension but George Ray (back) and James Jones (groin) remain out.
Defender Ray could play for the Under-23 side on Friday as he steps up his recovery from a stress fracture of the back while midfielder Jones has had an injection to help ease his hernia-related problem and it is hoped he will be back in training next week.