Martin Paterson hoping to make return for Port Vale


Port Vale striker Martin Paterson says he is ready to return for Saturday’s first round FA Cup tie against Stevenage.

The former Northern Irish international missed Saturday’s 3-1 loss away to Bolton as a precaution having suffered from a tight calf.

Having played eight games in a row before last weekend, Paterson could return to the team at Vale Park.

“I’m almost fully fit now but I’m always wanting more working hard on the training ground,” said the 29-year-old.

“One thing I want to start adding to my game is goals now that I’m getting up to speed again.

“I’m hoping I get the chance to play and score on Saturday after missing out on the last game.”

The Valiants assistant manager Michael Brown hopes the striker – who has scored twice this season – will feature at the weekend.

“Hopefully he will have a part to play on Saturday,” the assistant added ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

“Obviously he’s not played a lot of football and he’s come in and done really well for us.

“Playing in a lot of games very quickly from nothing was always going to be difficult for him and he has certainly been good on the training ground and he is helping everybody.”


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