Dave Challinor explains former Newcastle United defender Jamie Sterry's absence for Hartlepool United in 2-1 win over Yeovil Town

Jamie Sterry was a notable absentee for Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 6:00 am

The former Newcastle United defender has been one of the first names on Pools’ teamsheet since he first joined the club back in December with the side going on a fine run of form in the National League following his arrival.

But Saturday’s 2-1 win over Yeovil Town saw the right-back left out of the squad entirely as a late withdrawal due to a groin injury. Club captain Ryan Donaldson came into the side in his place.

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Jamie Sterry in action for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

Explaining Sterry’s absence, Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor commented: “He was a bit sore before and after the game at Eastleigh with a bit of a niggle with his groin.

"He didn’t train after Eastleigh but trained on Friday and got through the session but was still feeling something. We had to make a decision whether to get him through the game [against Yeovil] knowing that if we did he’d likely miss Tuesday and potentially do more damage."

Pools are now preparing for a Tuesday night trip to Wrexham (7pm kick-off) hoping to pick up their first away win of 2021.

After missing out on Saturday, Sterry remains a slight doubt for the trip but Challinor is hopeful that he’ll be back involved.

He added: “We went for the pragmatic approach where we left him out on Saturday but hopefully he’s now available for Tuesday and the games we’ve got coming up.

"So that’s the way we’ve gone and fingers crossed that’s how it pans out.”

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