Hartlepool United winger out for four weeks

OUCH: Andy Monkhouse pulls up after stretching for the ball against Bristol Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID
OUCH: Andy Monkhouse pulls up after stretching for the ball against Bristol Rovers. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United have confirmed that winger Andy Monkhouse will be out of action for at least four weeks with a hamstring strain.

The 33-year-old was subbed after just 15 minutes of Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bristol Rovers at Victoria Park.

Now the Sky Bet League Two club has confirmed the winger has been told he has a grade two strain in his left hamstring, which usually means around four to six weeks in the treatment room.

Club officials say head physio Ian Gallagher is hopeful the winger can be back in action in around a month but in the meantime, boss Colin Cooper has challenged other players to step up and take their chance.

Cooper said: “It’s disappointing news because Andy has played a lot of games for us this season in a few different positions as well.

“The positive is that Jack Compton came off the bench and had an impact in the game against Bristol Rovers and he looked bright.

“It’s up to Jack now to try and finish the season in the kind of form he started it, and if he can do that then we will all benefit.

“It presents an opportunity for someone, if not Jack then one of the other players who think they can have an impact in that position,” Cooper told the club website.