Team news: Port Vale v Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee has been forced into four changes to his side ahead of tonight's clash at Vale Park.
David Clarkson and Joe Anyinsah both failed late fitness tests and did not travel with the squad, whilst Garry Kenneth is also suspended after being sent off at Rochdale on Saturday.
The manager has also relegated out-of-form Derek Riordan to the bench alongside skipper Matt Gill, who returns to the squad after a six-week absence. Youth-team wideman Alfie Santos is also amongst the substitutes for the first time
McGhee switches to a back three comprising of Danny Woodards, Tom Parkes and Jim Paterson with Lee Brown coming in at left-back.
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Matt Lund returns from suspension to make up a three-man midfield alongside Wayne Brown and Seanan Clucas. Fabian Broghammer returns to the starting line-up and plays up front alongside Tom Eaves.
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, meanwhile, plays his last game before leaving for Thailand to represent the Philippines at the ASEAN Football Championships.
McGhee was last week hopeful that the goalkeeper would turn down an opportunity to take part in the tournament in order to help Rovers move up the table over the coming games – but Etheridge has since changed his mind and will leave tomorrow to miss the next two games at least.
Rovers (5-3-2): Etheridge; M Smith, Woodards, Parkes, Paterson, L Brown; Lund, Clucas, W Brown; Eaves, Broghammer. Subs: Gill, Virgo, Harrison, Walker, Santos, Lockyer, Riordan.
Port Vale: Neal; Duffy, McCombe, McDonald, Yates; Myrie-Williams, James, Burge, Vincent; Pope, Williamson. Subs: Johnson, Dodds, Shuker, Davis, McAllister, Lloyd, Taylor.