Hartlepool team news: Trevor Carson absent from Pools XI

Hartlepool United keeper Trevor Carson is missing from the starting XI for this afternoon's clash at Accrington.

Monday, 2nd January 2017, 1:04 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 11:53 am
Trevor Carson.

The goalie misses out due to a shoulder problem, although the issue is not thought to be too serious.

It is not known whether it is a recurrence of a shoulder injury which has given him problems earlier in the season. Adam Bartlett deputises.

Elsewhere, Craig Hignett has stuck to the 3-5-2 which served him so well in Monday's 3-2 win over Morecambe.

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Matthew Bates returns to the side at centre-back for Toto Nsiala, who left for Shrewsbury Town in a five figure deal, yesterday.

Jordan Richards also comes in for Lewis Hawkins, with Josh Laurent restored to the team, replacing Nicky Deverdics.

Pools XI: Bartlett, Donnelly, Bates, Harrison, Richards, Woods, Laurent, Featherstone, Carroll, Amond, Paynter.

Subs: Dzudzinski, Pollock, Deverdics, Hawkins, Walker, Alessandra, Oates.