Simon Walton should be fit for Port Vale trip this weekend
CAPTAIN and top scorer Simon Walton should be fit for Plymouth Argyle's League Two trip to Port Vale this weekend.
The 25-year-old suffered a shoulder injury in the 1-1 draw with Crawley Town at Home Park on Saturday.
However, X-rays have shown there is no bone damage and Walton hopes to train with the rest of the Pilgrims squad tomorrow.
The midfielder left Home Park on Saturday night with his left arm in a sling after falling heavily during the second half of the game against Crawley.
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Walton tweeted yesterday: "Scan showed no bone damage. Just a standard dislocation."
And he added: "Training Thursday hopefully."
The Argyle captain has scored nine goals this season, with six of them coming from the penalty spot.
He is also the only ever present in the Pilgrims squad, having appeared in all 31 of their league and cup games.
Herald Sport understands Argyle are trying to extend the loan of Blackpool right-back Paul Bignot until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old was signed at the start of November and has made nine starts for the Pilgrims.
Bignot missed three matches because of a suspension, after he was sent off in Argyle's 2-0 defeat at Stourbridge in the FA Cup first round replay.
But, otherwise, he has put in some steady displays, and manager Carl Fletcher would appear to be keen to keep him at Home Park.
The loan spells of Bignot and Blackpool striker Craig Sutherland both end after the game against Port Vale.
Meanwhile, the proposed move of Argyle striker Rory Patterson to League of Ireland club Derry City has still to be finalised.
However, the Pilgrims have agreed to release Patterson and the Northern Ireland international is set to sign a two-year contract for Derry.
The transfer has been a protracted one because four clubs are involved, and it has had to be taken one step at a time.
But Herald Sport understands it should all be sorted out by tomorrow at the latest.
Patterson, 27, has been training with Derry since last Thursday, having previously been on loan to Irish League champions Linfield from Argyle since the start of the season.
Linfield have allowed Patterson to leave them so he can sign for Derry, who are nearer to his home in north-west Northern Ireland.
But, to make that move, an international transfer certificate is needed as Derry and Linfield are in the national leagues of different countries.
Argyle are releasing Patterson from his contract, which was set to end this summer, and he will sign for Derry as a free agent.
That will save the Pilgrims some money as they have continued to pay part of his wages while he has been at Linfield on loan.
Patterson scored four goals in 18 Irish League games for the Belfast-based club this season.
Linfield's league rivals, Glentoran, have also had to be consulted over Patterson's move to Derry.
When Argyle bought the striker from Glentoran for £40,000 in the summer of 2010, they were given a first option to re-sign him should he leave Home Park.
Derry manager Declan Devine was quoted in one newspaper report in Northern Ireland yesterday as saying that 'Plymouth had stepped in at the eleventh hour to halt the deal' before Patterson 'sorted out his release'.
But, on the contrary, Argyle sources say the League Two club are keen for it to be completed.
Devine also said: "I'm over the moon that the player was prepared to take a substantial cut in his terms at Plymouth to join us."
Patterson struggled to make an impact at Argyle last season, netting four times in 21 starts and 14 substitute appearances.
The Derry boss added: "I think it was in Plymouth's interest that he should leave before his contract expired in June, but to have taken a financial loss to become a free agent shows a real desire to join us, rather than come on a loan deal."
Derry will open their new season by taking part in the Setanta Sports Cup next month. Their League of Ireland campaign does not start until March 2.