Craig Hignett faces Hartlepool United selection dilemma as midfielder is declared fit
Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett faces a midfield selection dilemma ahead of Good Friday's visit of Halifax Town.
Having missed last weekend's 1-1 draw at Aldershot with an illness, Liam Noble has been declared fit to return to the first-team fold.
But the top scorer's return to the starting XI is far from guaranteed, with skipper Ryan Donaldson, in-form Nicky Featherstone and last week's goalscoring hero Gavan Holohan currently occupying the three central slots.
It remains to be seen whether Josh Hawkes provides Hignett with a further fitness boost.
Hawkes has missed the last two games with a thigh problem and will be assessed by the club's medical staff this week.
There is more positive news on the injury front with regards Carl Magnay and Conor Newton.
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The club have confirmed the central defender, who is still officially club captain, is back training with the first-team squad and is said to be 'approaching fitness'.
It is unlikely he will be involved this weekend, but is thought to have a chance of making the squad for Monday's trip to Barrow, the penultimate game of Pools' National League season.
Magnay has been out since January with a knee injury, while Newton has also returned after a knee knock.
Fellow defender Aaron Cunningham and Luke Williams (both knee) remain on the injured list with the latter ruled out for the rest of the campaign.