Hartlepool Utd won’t seek loans to ease injury crisis ahead of Huddersfield clash

Mick Wadsworth
Mick Wadsworth

MICK Wadsworth will NOT be entering into the loan transfer market despite the crippling injury crisis which has ravaged his squad.

Pools could be without no fewer than EIGHT first-team players for tonight’s visit of Huddersfield Town (kick off 7.45pm) as injury and suspension threaten to undermine the early part of the season.

Midfielders Antony Sweeney (groin), Gary Liddle (fractured cheekbone), Nobby Solano (hamstring) and Nathan Luscombe (suspension) are definitely missing for the Terriers clash.

Solano’s injury, suffered during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Walsall, will keep him out for at least two weeks while Liddle, who fractured his cheekbone in two places just nine seconds into the game, is facing an even longer spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery yesterday.

And there are also doubts ahead of this evening’s game over Evan Horwood (dead leg), Neil Austin (dead leg), Sam Collins (Achilles) and Colin Nish, whose wife has gone into labour.

It leaves Pools in a desperate situation just two games into the new League One campaign and has led to suggestions that Wadsworth could be forced to seek additional personnel in a bid to ease the crisis.

However, the first-team coach told SportMail today that he will refrain from bringing in new faces for now, instead keeping faith with his own players.

“We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get on with it,” the boss defiantly declared.

“What else can we do? It’s just terrible, terrible bad luck.

“Our midfield, in particular, is looking decimated.

“Nobby is out for two weeks, we’re still waiting for news on Gary and of course Tony (Sweeney) is out, although thankfully he is getting better.

“But this is now the time for our squad to come into play.

“I won’t be bringing anyone in on loan. I’ve always believed in putting faith in your own and that is what I’ll do.

“The lads I’ve got at this club are here because I think they’re good enough and now is the chance for them to show that.

“The reason we have a squad is to deal with times like this.

“I’ve never been one anyway for bringing in loan players, even last season compared to other teams we only signed a few – one of which was James Poole, of course.

“We trimmed the squad and brought a good, young crop of Academy players through over the summer and one or two of them will have to step up into the squad now.”

Full story in Tuesday’s Mail