Hartlepool United receive double fitness boost

Hartlepool United have been handed a double boost with the news that Blair Adams and Connor Simpson have returned to full training.

Friday, 22nd September 2017, 8:00 am
Blair Adams

But manager Craig Harrison has urged caution, insisting tomorrow’s clash with Eastleigh might come around too soon for the duo.

On Adams, who has not played since the 2-0 loss to Fylde back in August, Harrison said: “Blair trained with the team yesterday and the day before.

“We will have to see how he is.

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“He is back with the group but he will only have done two or three days maximum with the first-team so it might be a bit to ask to go back in.”

On Simpson news was also positive, with the 17-year-old, who netted his first Pools goal in the 3-1 win over Maidstone United last month, back with the main group.

Harrison said: “He has trained.

“Whether he is going to be fit enough to play a part this weekend yet, I do not know.”

Elsewhere on the injury front, Keith Watson (knee) is out, so too Luke George and Jake Cassidy (foot).

Central defender Scott Harrison, who was in with a chance of a return to the fold this weekend, will also be absent, although he is edging closer to first-team action.

Meanwhile, the manager admits there is a real buzz about his side as they prepare to return to Victoria Park and defend a proud five-game unbeaten stretch.

“The buzz around the dressing room and momentum we have at the moment are important,” said Harrison.

“There is a real buzz around the place, there’s no doubt about that.

“Everyone is excited and keen to get the next game started.”