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PD Pre-Vale

21 August 2015

Gaffer weighs up Saturday's trip to Staffordshire and may give youth a chance.

Youngster Michael Carberry will be given his chance to impress first team manager Paul Dickov as he is due to travel with the first team squad for Saturday's trip to Port Vale.

Left back Carberry has impressed Dickov sufficiently in the Youth Team and will be joined by development coach Rob Jones, who will return from injury.

"Rob jones will be back in the squad as well as the other lads from the other night. It will also include Michael Carberry as well because he's been doing well in the youth team," said Dickov.

"He’s done well in pre season and was involved in a few of the games and its only right - as with all the kids - that we get them in and around the first team squad."

Concerns over the fitness of midfielder Harry Middleton have been eased while his namesake Forrester is rated as "touch and go" which could open the door for Richard Chaplow.

"Harry Middleton is fine, Harry Forrester is touch and go after he took a whack in the first half (against Southend) and continued to play before stiffening up.

“Chaplow is a good player and showed that when he came on, he and Curtis (Main) both had an impact the other night and he fits in with how we play as he's a forward thinking midfielder and he wants to go and support Andy Williams which is something we didn’t have against Wigan and Leeds.

“A lot will depend on how Keegs (Paul Keegan) and Dany (N’Guessan) come through. I’ve sat with Gavin (Baldwin) and Dick (Watson) and had a chat to look ahead as to what we need. Until we see how they come through the next few days then we'll look at it then.”

Rovers endured a rough time against the Valiants last season, losing 3-1 and 3-0, but will look to avenge that against a side who have exactly the same record in the league this season.

“Rob (Page) has got them working really hard and they play some really good stuff too,” said Dickov.

“They showed great character at Swindon to come back so it shows that, like us they're tough to beat, and probably need that cutting edge in the final third so, as always, it will be a tough game.”

“At Wigan we didn’t let them have the ball and imposed our game on them, we lacked a bit of patience against Southend and then, in turn, quality.

“There was one or two who seemed leggy after the Southend game but they were fresh in training and I don’t see any issues so it won’t be a problem and I think they'll be fine for Port Vale.”

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