EVAN Horwood looks set for a run on the left-wing for Hartlepool United with Andy Monkhouse staring at a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Monkhouse, who only recently won back his place in the side, hobbled out of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Crewe Alexandra after just five minutes with suspected ankle-ligament damage.
If the injury proves as serious as first feared, the 31-year-old will be absent for some time, leaving Horwood – who has lost his place at left-back to teenager Darren Holden – to fill the void.
And boss Neale Cooper told SportMail: “Andy’s looks a bad one.
“He had started brightly but then we lost him early on.
“After the last couple of games since coming back in he’s done well but now it looks as if he’ll be out for a while with angle-ligament damage.
“So this could be a chance for Evan now.”
Horwood scored with just his second touch after replacing Monkhouse at Gresty Road, stealing on to Tony Sweeney’s flick before prodding beyond Alan Martin in the Alex goal.
And Cooper went on: “Evan came on and scored a good, well-taken goal straight away.
“He’s a clever footballer.
“He’s good going forward but defensively not so at times.
“He’s good with the ball at his feet.
“So Evan could play higher up the pitch in front of Darren.
“They linked well at times and that could be something which works for us.”