Injury blow as Northern Ireland and Hartlepool keeper Trevor Carson ruled out for three weeks

Adam Bartlett makes a save for Hartlepool United
Adam Bartlett makes a save for Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United have been dealt an injury blow after it was confirmed Trevor Carson will miss up to three weeks with a hairline fracture to his toe.

The first choice keeper missed the opening day 2-0 win over Morecambe at Victoria Park and was seen wearing a protective boot.

There were initial fears Carson could be out as long as two months, but Ronnie Moore confirmed he will be missing for around three weeks.

His deputy Adam Bartlett was named in the starting line-up and impressed as Pools kicked off the new League Two campaign with a win.

Carson, a Northern Ireland international, will miss the trips to Fleetwood Town tomorrow night and York City away on Saturday, at least.

Meanwhile, Moore was also without Brad Walker, who missed the game with a thigh injury and he is also set to sit out the next two away trips.

There was better news for Dan Jones though, who will have an injection today to help cure a back problem, which should see him ready to take part at Bootham Crescent.

Moore told SportMail: “Trevor has a hairline fracture of his toe. He’s dived one way in training, stuck his leg out to save and it’s happened. He could be two or three weeks now, but I thought Adam Bartlett did really well - it’s all about taking your chance and he did that.

“Trevor understands that, he is a professional.

“Dan [Jones] will have an injection in his back. He has a problem in his hamstring which gave him a pain in his back, we thought it was a stress fracture but he has been scanned and X-rayed. He and will have an injection today to make him available next weekend.

“Brad’s injury was in training. He needed an injection in his ankle but felt good and then in a block tackle felt his thigh. Buster said he could be seven days or a fortnight. We need to wait for it to settle down.”

Moore remains on the look-out for defensive cover after suffering three knock backs in the loan market last week. Matthew Bates, who also needed an injection on a sore knee this week, was on the bench against Morecambe.

Moore added: “I tried to bring three centre backs in last week, which didn’t happen.

“We are short there right now, Batesy can fill in there, but he’s unfortunate we changed late on to react to their formation with three up top.”