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9 July 2013

A look ahead to tonight's game in Ireland

Micky Adams hinted striker Lee Hughes may start tonight’s pre-season match against Athlone Town, the first of a two-match tour of Ireland, as preparations for the new season continue.

August.rdThe 37-year-old striker wasn’t risked in Vale’s opening two friendlies against Norton United and Newcastle Town as the manager is trying not to wear him out ahead of Vale’s opening league fixture on 3

Hughes missed out on a gruelling two-hour training session in the heat on Monday afternoon after suffering with sunstroke, but the manager is hoping to play the former Notts County man this evening.

Daniel Jones will more than likely miss out due to his ankle injury, but Physio Andy Foster will have a better idea of things after taking another look at it today.

Tom Pope will no doubt be looking forward to a return to the Athlone Town Stadium, where he netted four second half goals as Vale earned a comfortable 5-0 victory.

July.thVale play their second match against Bray Wanderers on Saturday before returning home ahead of their first Vale Park friendly, against Derby County on Tuesday 16

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