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Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Barnet and Port Vale at Underhill.

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Barnet boss Giuliano Grazioli faces a goalkeeper dilemma ahead of their final-day relegation decider.

Regular first-choice goalkeeper Jake Cole has failed to recover from a knee injury in time so Sam Walker or Liam O'Brien will get the nod.

Chelsea loanee Walker has made a couple of mistakes in recent matches so former Portsmouth keeper O'Brien could be recalled for the crucial match.

Midfielder Mark Byrne has been struggling with a muscle strain but is due to train before the weekend and should be available.

Matt Parsons (Achilles) is a doubt and fellow defender Anwar Uddin (ankle) is still out along with striker Steve Kabba (knee).

The Bees need to beat Vale and hope Lincoln fail to win against Aldershot in order to stay up.

Port Vale caretaker manager Mark Grew could well name the same starting XI as the one who demolished Morecambe 7-2 last weekend.

Grew will find it difficult to make changes on the back of such a comprehensive display by his Vale side, whose hopes of a play-off place remain mathematically possible but are minimal at best due to their vastly inferior goal difference.

The Vale boss must also take into consideration the battle to avoid relegation, with opponents Barnet fighting it out with Lincoln to remain in League Two.

Forward Sean Rigg (knee ligament damage) and midfielder Doug Loft (ankle) remain ruled out.

The likes of Kris Taylor, John McCombe, Gary Roberts and Lewis Haldane remains options should Grew wish to make any changes, while he could also hand further game time to rookies Ryan Lloyd and Joe Davis after they played the final 20 minutes in the romp over Morecambe.

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