Hartlepool United receive fitness boost with return date set for duo

Luke George.
Luke George.

Luke George and Rhys Oates will return to Hartlepool United training on Tuesday, according to boss Craig Harrison.

The manager has been keen not to rush the pair back to action, especially with summer signing George making the switch from part-time to full-time football.

Both have suffered setbacks in their recovery, but are coming to the end of their tailored program set up by club fitness guru Craig Hubbard.

And Harrison has revealed that the duo will be back in full training with the rest of the first-team squad on Tuesday, in the aftermath of Monday’s trip to Guiseley.

The manager said: “Luke George and Rhys Oates will be back training with the group on Tuesday.

“They have done a lot of fitness work to make sure they do not break down again.

“Apart from that they are the same group.”

George, signed from Chester in the summer, has been out with a hamstring problem since pre-season, and having missed a chunk of the summer has been treated with kid gloves by the club’s medical staff.

While, Oates has been out with a groin problem.

The forward, who excelled in pre-season, started the campaign with the main group, coming off the bench at half-time against Dover Athletic on the opening day, but Pontefract-born Oates, 22, has not kicked a ball since.