Hartlepool Utd rocked by injury to star man in Sheffield Utd cup defeat

Tony Sweeney
Tony Sweeney

HARTLEPOOL United have been rocked by the injury which looks set to keep Player of the Season Antony Sweeney on the sidelines for a prolonged period.

The 27-year-old had only just opened his account for the season with a sublime volley during last night’s Carling Cup defeat against Sheffield United when he suffered a groin strain and was forced off.

Sweeney limped away from Victoria Park afterwards and will definitely miss the forthcoming home double header against Walsall and Huddersfield Town.

He could well sit out another large chunk of matches beyond then and Pools will be hoping that tests today do not reveal extensive damage.

But boss Mick Wadsworth told SportMail that the initial prognosis doesn’t look good.

“It looks like we might have lost Tony for a while,” he sighed.

“He just could not carry on and we couldn’t even stick him out on the wing for nuisance value.

“Plus we didn’t want to make it worse because it’s not worth it, his health is more important than that.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail