Ritchie Humphreys set for forward role as Charlie Wyke returns to Boro?

ACTION MAN: Ritchie Humphreys in against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

ACTION MAN: Ritchie Humphreys in against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United are nursing injuries to several key players heading into the final three weeks of the season.

Striker Charlie Wyke has today returned to parent club Middlesbrough having succumbed to a hip problem during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bury and has played his last game for Pools this season

He was replaced by Ritchie Humphreys, himself still carrying a calf injury, and the veteran could be set to lead the forward line at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Hughes explained: “Charlie has been carrying a hip problem and he took a knock at the weekend.

“He wanted to stay on but it was sensible in taking him off.

“We put Ritchie up there and he did well.

“He is very clever in playing that second-striker role and at times the ball was like a magnet to him.”

Forward James Poole remains a doubt for the trip to The Wirral having failed to shake off a knee problem ahead of the weekend, while hamstring victims Evan Horwood and Antony Sweeney could return to full training this week.

And Hughes will again consult with his senior players in a bid to determine the best approach ahead of Saturday’s game.

“There’s four or five I speak to and we’ll work out how best to prepare for the weekend,” revealed the Scot.

“I trust them and we’ll do what is best.

“But if we need to train every day then we’ll do that.”