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League One: Port Vale to investigate 'facial injury' to club captain during training

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Port Vale will look into a training ground incident which left club captain Doug Loft with a facial injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

According to the BBC, Loft was allegedly involved in an incident with teammate Daniel Jones, and both players were absent from Vale's 4-2 loss to Notts County at the weekend.

"It's been a poor week for us," manager Micky Adams told BBC Stoke.

"For legal reasons, there's very little I can say other than on Thursday there was an incident between two players."

"The training ground incident resulted in one of the players, who I might add is an innocent party to this, receiving a facial injury that has consequently ruled him out for the rest of the season."

"The other party in question will be subject to a club disciplinary action and, until that has been concluded, we will not be issuing a further statement."

"It's another negative headline that, for some reason, this club attracts. But it has to be dealt with internally."

"The fans can rest assured that an investigation will take place and we will deal with it accordingly and severely, if needs be. Incidents like we had are disappointing, but they happen."

"The players who have represented the club over the past two years should feel proud. Even in the season when we went into administration, I was proud of everybody's efforts."

Vale came out of administration in late 2012 and went on to clinch promotion to League One. For a time it looked as though they might mount a challenge for successive promotions, but recent results, such as the loss to Notts County where they led by two goals, have seen them fall into mid table obscurity.

With little left to play for the club will already be looking ahead to next season, but Loft and manager Adams are both out of contract this summer, with no reports of deals being discussed at this stage.

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