Port Vale have lost yet another player to injury as their fight for survival continues.
Cristian Montano’s turn around this season has been a pleasant surprise in his new-found position at left-back. Montano was awarded Man of the Match Saturday, before departing from the field early through injury.
Neil Aspin has confirmed the worst for Vale, as the severity of Montano’s injury suggests he will be absent for the remainder of the season.
The Vale boss admitted this is devastating news for his already depleted squad, at such a crucial time in the season when their fate remains in the balance.
He told Staffslive during a press conference: “It’s a massive blow because not only has he been doing well defending, which may come as a surprise to some, he is one of our main attacking threats as well.”
“He’s become one of our most valuable players and no one would have said that earlier in the season.”
The Valiant’s have been plagued with injuries this season. Kjell Knops is another a potential doubt for this weekend’s game.
Aspin acknowledges: “It is disappointing when you’re trying to get the team settled and we’re forced to make changes.”
But, with a reserves game this week, the Valiant’s manager will be looking for someone to fill Montano’s boots at left-back.
He added: “There’s always room for any player to impress and I’ve always said that. There’s still time for people to influence what we want to do. It’s up to the players and what they do on the pitch.”
Vale host Lincoln this Saturday afternoon in their fight to survive relegation. In contrast, Lincoln will be flying off the back of their win at Wembley in the Football League Trophy.
Aspin commented on the differences between the two teams: “Lincoln are a team that’s on the up. They’ve had promotion, success and they’re looking for another promotion. They’ve had a win at Wembley. Everything in their camp is rosy. They will be bringing a big following to the game on Saturday. All the pressure’s on us, they are probably enjoying being in the position they are in. And for us, it’s the complete opposite.”
With only four matches remaining, Port Vale will need every point they can get in their bid to remain in League Two.