Hartlepool United boss Mick Wadsworth hopeful Stephen Wright will be fit for Sheffield Wednesday’s visit

Stephen Wright should be fit for the weekend's game.
Stephen Wright should be fit for the weekend's game.
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MICK Wadsworth is hopeful that Stephen Wright will be available for this weekend’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

The 31-year-old was a late withdrawal from the party which made the eight-hour coach journey to Bournemouth on Friday.

Wright received a kick on the back of his knee in training on Thursday and failed to shake off the problem ahead of the trip to the south coast.

But, with the Scouser boasting a 100 per cent winning record in Pools colours since signing earlier this month, Wadsworth is keen to see him return sooner rather than later.

“We had to leave Wrighty at home, but it shouldn’t be too serious and we hope he’ll be back in training soon enough.”

Wright’s absence left Wadsworth with a decision to make at left-back – hand an immediate recall to the fit-again Evan Horwood or reinstate Ritchie Humphreys after he’d impressed in that position earlier in the season.

The manager went with experience and his decision paid off, Horwood eventually coming from the bench to hammer a last-gasp winner.

And Wadsworth reflected: “I could have brought Evan straight back in – there’s fate for you. But Ritchie has done very well this year.”

Full story in today’s Sportmail.