Ronnie Moore is confident Trevor Carson’s groin strain isn’t serious with the League Two season now less than two weeks away.
The Northern Ireland international was taken off after 65 minutes after slipping on the wet turf as Gateshead made it 3-3.
He then slipped and tweaked it.
Moore’s No1 keeper injured himself as he dived for Danny Johnson’s goal-bound strike, with sub keeper Adam Bartlett – released by the Tynesiders in the summer – coming on in his place.
Moore hopes the injury isn’t too serious, with the League Two season set to get underway on August 8, but he won’t be playing against Dunston on Wednesday night.
Gateshead went on to win the pre-season friendly at the International Stadium 5-3 thanks to another shoddy defensive display.
And Moore admitted that he feels for his 27-year-old stopper because of the mistakes being made in front of him by the Pools back-line.
“Trevor has tweaked his groin, he slipped on the wet turf,” Moore told SportMail.
“I don’t think it is serious and I think he is going to be alright.
“His hamstring has been really tight, but he wanted to play against Gateshead.
“He then slipped and tweaked it.
“He won’t be okay for Wednesday though, I’ll give him a break for that.
“But I feel for him at the moment because those lads in front are not filling him full of confidence.
“And they certainly aren’t filling me with any.”
Ex-Sunderland keeper Carson moved to Pools from Cheltenham Town in the summer, following their relegation to the National League.
H Former Pools goalkeeping coach Stephen Pears has joined Gateshead FC as their part-time goalkeeping coach.
Pears – who left Pools earlier this year – worked alongside current Heed boss Malcolm Crosby during their time together on the backroom staff at Middlesbrough, before a return to Victoria Park in 2014 – where he was named as Pools’ assistant manager.
Crosby said: “I worked with Stephen at Middlesbrough, and I know that he is a first-class goalkeeping coach.
“He has also worked with Sam Russell before, which will be a big help for Sam.
“I have wanted to bring in a goalkeeping coach since I arrived at the club, and I knew that Stephen lived in the area.”