Double fitness boost for Hartlepool United - defender back, midfielder nearing return

Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett is set to welcome back Carl Magnay for the weekend trip to Ebbsfleet United.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 12:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st January 2019, 12:58 pm
Pools defender Carl Magnay looks set to return to the first-team fold.
Pools defender Carl Magnay looks set to return to the first-team fold.

Club captain Magnay was absent last weekend as Pools got off to a winning start under Hignett, beating Braintree Town 2-1 at the Super 6 Stadium.

But this weekend, the player, who has a knee problem, could return.

Manager Hignett revealed: "Carl Magnay has trained this week. So he will in and around it. Apart from that it is just the long terms."

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There's also been some good news on the recovery of midfielder Liam Noble, with the 12-goal top-scorer back out training with the first-team.

Hignett stopped short of saying the former Sunderland trainee would be involved this weekend, though, admitting the game might be just too soon for the player.

"He is not a million miles away," said the boss.

"Noble has been on the grass, we will have to assess him and it might come a little too soon for him. "

One of the club's marquee signings in the summer was Luke Williams but illness and injury has prevented the attacker playing even a minute for Pools.

Hignett admits it could well be a long while yet before fans get a chance to see the former Boro man in action, with a 'conservative' four to six weeks recovery earmarked for Williams.

"It is still too early to tell with him," said Hignett.

"He is out on the grass, he is kicking a few balls but is a bit stiff.

"He has just got to work through it. He has a lot of scar tissue to get rid of - I don't know how long that will take.

"He is going to need games,too. Conservatively it is four to six weeks."