Hartlepool United handed fitness boost

Hartlepool United have been handed a fitness boost after it was confirmed Carl Magnay's rib injury is not as bad as first feared.

Monday, 22nd August 2016, 5:07 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd August 2016, 6:09 pm
Carl Magnay

The full-back was forced off midway through the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Notts County after picking up a problem battling for the ball in the run-up to Pools’ goal.

It was initially thought that Magnay had fractured a rib and would be sidelined for several weeks.

But X-rays carried out on Monday morning have confirmed that he has suffered only cartilage damage.

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No timescale has yet been put on his return to first team action.

"We sent him for an X-ray for a suspected fracture but it’s turned out to be a cartilage injury which is the best possible outcome really," explained club physio Ian Gallagher.

"Although the chest X-ray came back clear we can’t really put a time-frame on him returning to action – we will just have to wait for Carl’s symptoms to settle down before we move him back towards playing."