Hartlepool United’s James Brown and Antony Sweeney to miss Walsall clash

Antony Sweeney is carried off on a stretcher. picture by FRANK REID
Antony Sweeney is carried off on a stretcher. picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United will almost certainly be without star turns James Brown and Antony Sweeney for tomorrow’s League One trip to Walsall.

Brown turned his ankle againt Leyton Orient in midweek while Sweeney suffered a nasty gash last Saturday in the same ankle he injured the previous Tuesday at Carlisle.

James Brown sits on the Victoria Park pitch after hurting his foot. Picture by FRANK REID

James Brown sits on the Victoria Park pitch after hurting his foot. Picture by FRANK REID

While Sweeney made a “Lazarus” recovery to play against Plymouth, Pools are unlikely to risk their leading scorer tomorrow at the Bescot Stadium, even if he were to declare himself fit.

“James is unlikely to play in the next couple of games,” first-team coach Wadsworth told SportMail.

“We’ll get a clearer view about James when the ankle has settled down a bit.

“The problem with Tony is that the wound is in a difficult place and we are going to have to monitor how it heals.”

Sweeney has been in brilliant form in front of goal – his strike in the 2-0 win over Plymouth was his 13th of the campaign.

Tuesday night’s 1-0 home defeat by Leyton Orient only served to highlight how Pools miss him when he’s not there – they had plenty of the play but could not find the Orient net.

But Wadsworth insists it is up to the whole team to find the goals.

“Tony has had a marvellous season,” said the Pools chief.

“We’ve not had a lot of goals from elsewhere and not much success up front.

“Tony has got us a lot of goals.

“Gary Liddle has also got a goal or two in him so we’ve had joy from midfield and set-plays have been important too.

“But what we have said all along is that the team are responsible for stopping goals and for scoring them.

“I’m not particularly bothered who it is, as long as we score.”

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