MICK Wadsworth has breathed a sigh of relief after his walking wounded declared themselves available for the weekend trip to Stevenage.
The Pools boss, though, will still be without sidelined midfield trio Gary Liddle (fractured cheekbone), Nobby Solano (hamstring) and Tony Sweeney (groin), as well as the suspended Nathan Luscombe.
The good news for Wadsworth, however, is that Tuesday’s hard-fought draw with Huddersfield Town threw up no fresh injury concerns and defenders Evan Horwood, Neil Austin and Sam Collins have shaken off minor problems to train in the build up to tomorrow’s game (kick off 3pm).
There was a faint hope that Liddle, who underwent surgery on Monday, might be able to figure against Stevenage having now been fitted with a protective face mask.
But the 25-year-old still has heavy swelling on his face and will only return to training next week at the earliest.
And Wadsworth explained: “Poor Gary’s got a swollen head really, not just his face, it’s his whole flippin head bless him.
“He’s a bit tender and needs time for that to settle down.
“Even though he’s got permission to train and play when he feel likes it he’s got no chance for this Saturday.
“It needs to settle down a helluva lot yet but I’m sure by next week he’s got a chance for a week on Saturday.
“Tony Sweeney is feeling pretty good and has made good progress this week.
“Likewise Nobby, he’s feeling confident and that is good news.”
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