Port Vale v Aldershot preview

Stuttgart and Germany striker Cacau has signed a one-year

contract extension with the Bundesliga club, even though he is not

expected to play again this season.

The 31-year-old tore cruciate knee ligaments in October and

needed further surgery recently, ruling him out for a further few

months, but he hopes to return for the start of next season

stronger than ever.

“Stuttgart has been my home for almost a decade and I have

celebrated huge sporting successes and fantastic moments here,” he

said.

“My first goal is to get fit again as quickly as possible to be

able to give it my very best next season.”

Cacau joined Stuttgart from Nurnberg in 2003 and has played a

total of 242 times for the club.

“Cacau will be going into his 11th season with Stuttgart in the

summer and that is an incredibly long time in the football world,”

said the club’s director of sport Fredi Bobic on their website.

“He will be able to help us further with all of his experience,

so we’re pleased to be able to plan with him also for the coming

season.”

Captain Doug Loft is expected to go straight back into the Port

Vale starting line-up on his return from suspension.

Loft has missed the last three matches and is the obvious choice

to replace fellow midfielder Chris Birchall, who is away on

international duty with Trinidad & Tobago.

Manager Micky Adams will also be boosted by the return of

full-backs Richard Duffy and Dan Jones as he looks to get Vale back

on track at Vale Park, where they have lost three times during a

four-game winless run, against the Football League’s bottom

team.

Right-back Duffy comes back into the reckoning after a virus and

left-back Jones is fit again following a knee injury.

However, veteran centre-half Darren Purse and the versatile Rob

Taylor look set to miss out along with suspended midfielder Sam

Morsy, who completes a two-match ban.

Purse has missed the last two matches with a calf strain while

Taylor broke a bone in his hand in training this week.

Winger Ashley Vincent remains sidelined with the ankle injury he

suffered against Bristol Rovers on March 12 but the problem is not

as bad as initially feared and he is expected to return before the

end of the season.

Anthony Tonkin hopes to return to the fold for Aldershot but

Lionel Ainsworth will play no part after his loan spell came to an

end.

Left-back Tonkin has missed the last three matches due to a side

injury but is back in training as the Shots aim to haul themselves

off the foot of the npower League Two table.

One player who will not be involved, however, is attacking

midfielder Ainsworth who, having started Aldershot’s last two

games, has been recalled by parent club Rotherham.

Defender Troy Brown is back in training after being sidelined

for over a month with an ankle injury but the game comes too soon

for him.

Striker Danny Hylton is also making good progress with his knee

injury but it is not yet known when he will return to

contention.