CHRIS BRANDON could be sidelined for a fortnight because of his groin injury.
The midfielder damaged an abductor muscle during a reserve game, and will have to let the fibres heal before he can resume training.
Having been on the bench for two games, the 31-year-old had hoped to force his way into contention for Saturday’s Port Vale clash.
Meanwhile Aaron Hardy has been told his groin problem is not down to a hernia.
Manchester-based specialist Ian McLennan said there was no need for surgery when he saw the 21-year-old defender.
Hardy, who last played in the 3-0 defeat at Northampton on September 22, was today due to have an ultrasound scan to decide the next course of action.
Teenage striker Lucas Akins is due to return to training this week after recovering from an ankle injury and a bruised foot on the same right side.
The 18-year-old will target the next reserve game, against West Brom at the Galpharm on Wednesday week (2.00).
Centre-back Tom Clarke remains on course for a December return.
The 19-year-old has had to be patient in his return from a knee reconstruction.