Hartlepool United will be missing James Poole again for visit of Chesterfield

James Poole has still not recovered from injury problems. Picture by FRANK REID

James Poole has still not recovered from injury problems. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United will again be without James Poole for this weekend’s visit of Chesterfield – while Luke James could also be kept on the bench.

Poole – who scored twice in the 3-2 win against the Spireites in October – has barely kicked a ball since the turn of the year.

Manager Neale Cooper admits the 22-year-old may have been hampered by injury in the game against Oldham Athletic.

“Looking back, James may have been struggling a bit in that game because he hasn’t played since,” said Cooper.

“It’s a combination of things with him, with his hamstring and thigh.

“He still hasn’t trained and won’t be involved this weekend.”

Read more in today’s Sportmail.