Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison has revealed that Liam Donnelly should be fit for the weekend clash with Sutton United.
The Northern Ireland youth international had to be withdrawn from the starting XI of last Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup fourth qualifying round win over South Shields at Mariners Park. The defender, set to play right-back that day, suffered a back spasm in the warm-up and was not risked.
But Harrison believes Donnelly may be available tomorrow.
“Liam Donnelly had a back spasm after coming back from Ireland duty, but we didn’t risk him last weekend. He probably could have played at a push, but could have had repercussions,” he said.
One player whose fitness remains up in the air is skipper Carl Magnay, though.
Harrison said his captain has undergone a scan recently to work out the cause of a stomach problem but the results are still awaited.
Meanwhile, he has also offered updates on the progress of Luke George, who is again expected to be on the bench v the U’s, as well as striker Jake Cassidy, St Johnstone loan defender Keith Watson and Ryan Donaldson, who underwent an operation to rectify an ankle injury earlier this week.
Harrison said: “Luke George is back in amongst it, he needs training time, game time and there’s a reserve game next week.
“There’s Jake Cassidy who we think should only be about three to four weeks away and then there’s Keith Watson, which is up in the air still.
“Ryan Donaldson has had his operation and is likely to be out for 12 weeks.
“Carl Magnay is in the air, he’s had a scan and we are waiting on it.”