Luke George is edging ever closer to making his Hartlepool United debut – and could feature tonight against his former club.
The summer signing has been absent for the last few weeks with injury, but having returned to training, is in contention to make Pools match day 18 for the visit of Chester to Victoria Park this evening.
George will be monitored today ahead of the clash, with hamstring tightness causing the issue.
Should the 24-year-old get the green light it could cast Lewis Hawkins place in the starting XI into doubt, after a difficult first week for the midfielder in the fifth tier.
Should this evening’s encounter prove too soon for George, he could be in line for a spot in the 16 this weekend, when Pools are on the road again, this time travelling to Bromley.
Meanwhile, Craig Harrison has been explaining the make up of his squad this week, highlighting that youth is very much on Pools side this season.
The former TNS boss, said: “We have a young team. This was no mistake, it is by design.
“I prefer that for the athleticism and energy that brings to the team.
“It is better that way. There is no point in having to manage older experienced players who might only give you 25 games, especially when there are alternatives.
“I would think 90% of our squad will play 40-50 games, which is what we will need because this season will be a long, old slog.”