JOHN Hughes was today sweating on the fitness of Jack Baldwin after his star teenager was forced off with injury during the stalemate with Colchester United.
The 19-year-old landed awkwardly midway through the first half of last night’s game and had to be helped from the pitch in obvious discomfort by physio Ian Gallagher and team-mate Neil Austin.
Baldwin will now undergo a scan on his twisted knee and Hughes is hoping the prognosis is not too serious, although initial fears are that he will miss this weekend’s visit of Yeovil Town.
“Jack was up in the air and on his way down he just took a bump and his knee twisted on landing,” the Scot explained.
“It looks like it might be a bad one.
“We’ll let it settle down and get him scanned today.
“Fingers crossed it’s not a lengthy one though.”
Baldwin has started each of the last nine matches under Hughes and the Pools chief refuses to under-estimate his importance to the club’s survival bid despite his tender years.
“Jack has been outstanding these last few weeks,” he said.
“He plays with such a maturity and a determination.
“On top of that he’s a very good footballer.
“So we’re hoping he’ll be okay because he’s a very important player for us.
“We’re going to need all of the boys between now and the end of the season.”