Fitness boost for Pools as James Poole escapes serious injury

James Poole makes his way to the dressing room against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
James Poole makes his way to the dressing room against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
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JAMES Poole has not suffered a broken leg and the striker could be ready to return against MK Dons on Good Friday.

There were fears the 23-year-old’s season could be over when he hobbled out of last Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic.

Poole was still on crutches entering the weekend and had no chance of being declared fit ahead of the goalless draw with Walsall.

But the news today is that the former Manchester City trainee has avoided serious injury and, with a dead leg the prognosis, he should return to training this week.

That would put him in contention for a start on Friday with manager John Hughes bidding to unearth a new system which would yield a first goal in more than nine hours for his side.

Poole is currently joint-top goalscorer on four for the season alongside Jonathan Franks.

Meanwhile, Pools reserves take on Rotherham United at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

The identity of Micky Barron’s line-up could give a clue to Hughes’ first-team thinking ahead of the Easter weekend.

Luke James, winner of the League One Apprentice of the Year award on Sunday night, is vying for a senior recall, while another second-string regular, Nathan Luscombe, has started two of the last four at first-team level.