Colchester v Port Vale preview
Last Updated: 10/08/18 3:49pm
Colchester boss John McGreal has no fresh injury worries for the Sky Bet League Two match against Port Vale.
Wing-back Kane Vincent-Young signed a new contract on Monday, and will come into the squad. Goalkeeper Dillon Barnes, 22, looks set to make only his second home league appearance after impressing in the goalless draw against Notts County on the opening day.
Striker Luke Norris, a summer signing from Swindon, has been carrying a groin problem, so continues to receive intensive treatment.
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Port Vale must again do without defender Antony Kay, who is suspended. Veteran Kay was shown a red card against Carlisle towards the end of last season, so his three-match ban was carried over into the new campaign.
Forward Ricky Miller scored on his debut in the 3-0 win over Cambridge on the opening day, so should retain his place in attack. Defender Joe Davis and forward Tyrone Barnett could both yet move on loan in a bid to get more regular first-team football.
Colchester have lost only one of their last six home games against Port Vale in the top four tiers of English football (W4 D1).
Both meetings between Colchester and Port Vale last season ended in stalemates (1-1 in December 2017, 2-2 in January 2018); just two of their 23 such clashes before last season in the Football League had been drawn.
Colchester are winless in their last six league games (D2 L4), failing to score in four of these matches.
Port Vale are winless in their last 12 away league games, drawing six and losing six.
Port Vale's David Worrall scored a brace the last time these two sides met in January 2018; he has scored as many league goals against Colchester for the Valiants (2) as he has against every other side he has faced for the club combined.