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Port Vale's Gareth Owen is fully fit after cheek op

Gareth Owen
Owen fractured his cheekbone in the game at Bradford on 10 November

Port Vale defender Gareth Owen says he played with no ill effects after making his comeback from a fractured cheekbone at Northampton on Saturday.

The 27-year-old centre-half missed three matches after undergoing an operation on 27 November.

"It's fine, I'm 100%," Owen told BBC Radio Stoke. "I've had the all-clear from the specialist this week.

"The bone's back to normal. I have to wear the mask as a precaution, but it doesn't limit my performance."

Owen was singled out for praise by manager Micky Adams for his performance at Sixfields, particularly after John McCombe had been sent off for a professional foul on 49 minutes.

"Gareth and Lee Collins were tremendous, as were Adam Yates and Kris Taylor," Adams told BBC Radio Stoke.

"We had a back four there, once the sending-off happened, that coped with everything Northampton had to throw at us."

McCombe will now be suspended for the visit of Chesterfield on Saturday as a result of his red card at Sixfields.

Vale's 11th draw from 21 games this season leaves them in 16th position in League Two.



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