Pools star Jack Baldwin set to miss remainder of League One season

Jack Baldwin after being injured against Colchester United. Picture by FRANK REID

Jack Baldwin after being injured against Colchester United. Picture by FRANK REID

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JACK Baldwin’s season looks to be over.

The 19-year-old limped out of last Tuesday’s goalless draw with Colchester United having twisted his knee when landing awkwardly.

And the results of a scan have confirmed that Baldwin is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with medial-ligament damage.

“The scan has come back on Jack and it’s a grade two,” confirmed manager John Hughes today.

“That could mean five to six weeks out.

“His season could be over.

“We’re hoping he’ll be a quick healer and he might get back for the last couple of matches.

“It’s disappointing we’ve lost him because he was in a real good vein of form.

“But we need to adjust and deal with it.”

Baldwin’s replacement on Saturday against Yeovil Town was Nathan Luscombe.

The 22-year-old came in for his first start of the campaign but failed to make the impression for which Hughes had hoped.

On a pitch which had been soaked by heavy rain in the build-up to the game, Luscombe and Pools struggled to break down a resolute visiting backline, the upshot a second stalemate at Victoria Park in five days.

Luscombe could keep his place for tomorrow night’s trip to Oldham Athletic, but Hughes will want to see more from the former Sunderland midfielder.

“It didn’t really go for Nathan,” said the Scot.

“We asked him to play on the right-hand side of the midfield three.

“When I was a right centre-half and I played on the left I was all over the place at times – it was alien to me.

“So it’s fair to say I’ve seen him play better matches.

“Maybe he’s trying too hard though - he’s that kind of guy.

“But I want him influencing football matches.

“Getting in there, passing it, tackling, crossing.

“But Nathan still has a bit to go on his fitness.

“I hope he comes back ready to go tomorrow.”