Dave Challinor discusses return date for former Norwich City defender Timi Odusina as he assesses Hartlepool United's injuries ahead of Salford City FA Cup trip

Hartlepool United have no new injury concerns going into Saturday’s FA Cup first round match at Salford City (3pm kick-off) but two defenders will be sidelined.

Friday, 6th November 2020, 12:33 pm

Defenders Gary Liddle (groin) and Timi Odusina (hamstring) will miss the trip to the Peninsula Stadium this weekend.

And manager Dave Challinor remains hopeful of bringing a defender in to help shore things up at the back for Pools with Blackburn Rovers centre-back Tyler Magloire a target.

In the meantime, Odusina is hoping to be back in contention for next weekend's trip to Eastleigh while Liddle has no set return date.

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Gary Liddle of Hartlepool United and Joel Nouble of Aldershot Town during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Aldershot Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 3rd October 2020. (Credit: Christopher Booth | MI News) ©MI News

"We’re looking to get Timi back next week,” Challinor said.

“We’ll see how he is after the weekend once we’re all back in training but we won’t force him back until he’s ready.

"Lidds has had a scan which doesn’t look great but I’m not too sure how the timescales will work out at the moment. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a further update on him shortly.”

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