MICK Wadsworth admits Hartlepool United are missing key midfield duo Nobby Solano and Antony Sweeney.
But the manager is hoping that the injured pair could be back in the frame for next Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient.
There was a welcome sight at Maiden Castle this week as Solano joined the rest of the squad in their pre-training warm-up routine.
The Peruvian suffered his second hamstring strain of the season during the 3-0 defeat at Notts County earlier this month.
He’d previously missed four matches back in August having pulled the muscle during the 1-1 draw with Walsall.
Solano, though, underlined his value to the team when returning from that layoff and was on target in the back-to-back wins over Bury and Bournemouth.
This latest problem isn’t as serious as first feared, however, and the former Newcastle United ace has now resumed light jogging with the club’s medical staff.
Sweeney, meanwhile, has sat out of the last two matches having tweaked his groin in the 3-1 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers two weeks ago.
He, too, suffered a similar injury earlier in the season and was absent for three weeks on that occasion.
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