MICHAEL Duckworth has not suffered any serious damage after being injured just six minutes into his Hartlepool United comeback today at Northampton Town.
The Pools defender, recalled to the starting line-up for the first time since recovering from a double hernia op, seemed to jar his foot in the turf at Sixfields.
Initially, the right back tried to run it off, only to collapse to ther ground on the edge of the away box.
After five minutes of treatment, Duckworth was stretchered off to be replaced by Jordan Richards, whose place he had taken.
It got worse for Pools as goals by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Bren Dickenson, both from close range, just before and after half-time condemned them to their first defeat in five games, losing 2-0 to the league’s bottom team.
Thankfully, x-rays have revealed no broken bones and Duckworth returned to the ground on crutches and travelled home on the team coach.
Boss Colin Cooper revealed after the game that Luke Williams had played his final game for Pools ahead of a return to parent club Middlesbrough following the end of his loan deal.
But Cooper added that Jack Barmby’s loan move from Manchester United looks set to be extended.