GARY Liddle will today undergo further tests on his leg injury amid fears the problem could keep him sidelined for longer than expected.
There remains the danger that the midfield ace could have suffered some form of fracture following the clash with Notts County’s Neale Bishop during this month’s 3-0 win at Victoria Park.
An x-ray had revealed no serious damage and it was hoped the 25-year-old could return to action for last night’s 2-1 victory at Bury.
However, Liddle remains in pain and, now that the swelling around his calf has died down, he will be sent for more tests to determine the extent of the injury.
If there is bad news, such as a break, then Pools could be without their engine-room ace for a lengthy period.
Meanwhile, Luke James is a doubt for Saturday’s visit of MK Dons after he missed the win at Gigg Lane because of a back problem.
Manager Neale Cooper explained: “Luke got a bit of a knock in his back at Wycombe and it was sore.
“It was disappointing he couldn’t travel. We don’t know how long he’ll be out for.”