Curtis Main has won praise for his attitude since being left out of the team.
The 23-year-old could earn a recall to the starting XI at Port Vale today - if Paul Dickov elects to return to two up front.
Main partnered marquee signing Andy Williams on the opening day of the season against Bury but has since been benched to accomodate five in midfield.
However, Rovers boss Paul Dickov has noticed a change in the Geordie frontman’s attitude and has liked what he has seen on the training pitch.
Dickov said: “Curtis did well when he came on the other night against Southend, he was unlucky not to get his goal.
“He was buzzing around and gave us a bit of energy that we hadn’t had throughout the game.
“He’s been really bright.
“He obviously started the game against Bury and was left out of the other three but his attitude in training, and his application more than anything else, has been good.
“It’s a slightly different Curtis we’re seeing this season,” he added.
“We looked at him in training earlier this week and when he came on the pitch at Wigan on Sunday - and maybe he might’ve sulked a little bit last year after being left out of the team.
“But we’ve not seen any of that.
“There’s a determination about him to one get back in the team and two, when he does, stay there. He’s showed us that in training.”
Richard Chaplow could return to the midfield engine room at the expense of Harry Middleton or Cedric Evina.
Former Rovers loan striker Uche Ikpeazu is likely to start for Vale.