Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke is expecting Tom Conlon and Jake Taylor to return to action in the not-too-distant future, as per OneValeFan.
Club Captain Conlon and young midfielder Taylor were both absent for Vale’s 1-0 pre-season defeat to Fleetwood on Tuesday evening, but Clarke suggested it was due to short-term issues.
“TC (Conlon) is a precaution and Jake has picked up a little niggle but we are hoping it is nothing too serious down the line. Tom will certainly be back in training with us on Thursday morning,” he told the media after the game, as quoted by OneValeFan.
Vale will be hoping that Conlon in particular is fit and available for the League Two season opener at Northampton on the 7th of August following a stellar campaign last term, in which he scored 10 league goals and collected eight assists.
Former Nottingham Forest youngster Taylor fell out of favour towards the end of last season partially due to an injury and will, therefore, be looking to make a quick recovery with competition for places only increasing with the amount of transfer business being done at Vale Park.
After being named League Two player of the year last term, Vale supporters will be relieved to hear that Conlon’s absence was only precautionary rather than due to anything transfer related. If Darrell Clarke is to guide the club back into League One, retaining him is surely vital.
The short-term absence of both Conlon and Taylor is unlikely to cause a headache for the Port Vale boss seeing as he has already signed 12 new players this summer.
There may be greater concern should the pair remain unavailable for Saturday’s game against Nottingham Forest, although Clarke’s relaxed attitude towards the situation indicates there is little to worry about as of yet.