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
“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
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
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
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
Striker Danny Hylton is also making good progress with his knee
injury but it is not yet known when he will return to