Port Vale captain Marc Richards 'managing' ankle injury

Port Vale captain Marc Richards

Port Vale captain Marc Richards has said he is currently suffering no ill-effects from his injured ankle.

The 29-year-old has postponed surgery while Vale still have a chance of promotion via the League Two play-offs.

"Touch wood, I'm not having any problems with it," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "I'm managing it well."

Richards netted a last-minute penalty in the 2-1 win against Gillingham on Saturday, a result that lifted Vale up to eighth position in the table.

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Richards kept cool for late penalty

The former Barnsley striker continued: "I'm not really training on Monday and Tuesday and I'm getting through by doing cardio work in the gym, so I'm keeping my fitness up that way.

"I'm managing it at the start of weeks and then getting back into training on Thursday or Friday.

"I've been feeling OK in training for having missed the two days."

The striker's 11th goal of the season was enough for the Valiants to beat the Gills and extend their unbeaten run to four matches, having trailed 1-0 with nine minutes remaining.

Richards was quick to praise midfielder Doug Loft for his part in the victory at Vale Park.

Loft played as an emergency right-back in place of the injured Adam Yates and supplied the cross for Sean Rigg to head the equaliser.

And it was another Loft centre that resulted in the penalty decision, with Richards the man fouled by Chris Whelpdale.

"He's shown his versatility once again," added Richards. "He's played at left-back and now he's played at right-back.

"He's done a fantastic job there and he's put in two fantastic crosses for each goal."

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