Harry Worley a doubt for Hartlepool United as ex-Boro star Matthew Bates stands by

Harry Worley leaves the pitch injured after just four minutes against York. Picture by CHRIS HORSLEY
Harry Worley leaves the pitch injured after just four minutes against York. Picture by CHRIS HORSLEY

Matthew Bates could be set to make his first start of the season for Hartlepool United.

The former Middlesbrough star is on stand-by for Harry Worley for tomorrow night’s League Two clash with Newport County at Victoria Park.

We put him on crutches just as a precaution, we didn’t want to take any chances

SAM COLLINS

Worley was hurt when he was caught by a late challenge from York striker Reece Thompson just four minutes into Saturday’s game.

The tall central defender walked off the pitch in clear discomfort and left Bootham Crescent on crutches.

Bates came on in the eighth minute to replace him and had a fine game and would be the natural replacement against County.

“We’ll have to assess Harry over the next couple of days, we’re not sure how serious it is,” said Collins.

“He’s cleared the ball and the lad has caught him

“We put him on crutches just as a precaution, we didn’t want to take any chances.

“We’ve got a game coming up but we’ll just have to wait and see how he is.”

Pools will give Worley time - he has built up a good partnership already with Scott Harrison at the back.

Collins and Ronnie Moore will have no hesitation starting the 28-year-old against County should Worley not make it.

“Matthew grew into the game,” said Collins.

“He’s not been involved in the opening two matches and it’s hard to come on as a centre-half.

“But he improved as the match went on, he did very well.”