Pope, the Valiants top scorer last season, sat out training at the beginning of the week with a calf strain but the striker should be fit enough to retain his place in manager Micky Adams' starting line-up.
It means Adams has no new injury problems going into the game.
Vale's squad got a little stronger recently when Joe Davis (knee) and Rob Taylor (Achilles) returned to training after injury. Both players are short of fitness and are not yet ready to be considered for first-team duties.
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