Luke James returns to training but Neale Cooper won’t rush Pools starlet

GRIM VIEWING: Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

GRIM VIEWING: Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

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LUKE James is back in training after a month on the sidelines – but Neale Cooper will not force the fitness of the Pools wonderkid.

The sight of the 17-year-old upping his comeback bid at Maiden Castle this week has been a welcome one for the first-team coach, who rates his starlet as highly as any of the youngsters he’s ever worked with.

James – who has missed the last six matches because of a back complaint – has a chance of making the substitutes’ bench for this weekend’s visit of Sheffield United, but Cooper insists he will not risk the long-term condition of the striker.

 

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