Injury boost for Hartlepool defenders Scott Harrison and Dan Jones

Scott Harrison set to return to first team action for Hartlepool United
Scott Harrison set to return to first team action for Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United have been handed a double injury boost.

Scott Harrison is set to return to the first team this weekend after shaking off a hamstring injury, which caused him to miss the 7-0 win over Billingham Town and the 2-0 win over Harrogate Railway.

The no-nonsense defender is to return to full training and is looking to be involved at Whitby Town on Friday and in Saturday’s game at Spennymoor Town.

Meanwhile, Dan Jones has been given the go-ahead to step-up his training after undergoing surgery on his broken wrist in May and he is targeting a return against Scunthorpe United next week.

Ex-Gateshead and Grimsby Town defender Carl Magnay is also expected back after missing Tuesday’s game with blisters, while Michael Woods remains ahead of schedule.

The midfielder won’t be rushed back into action though and is being eased back into the fold.

Ex-Stevenage defender Harry Worley, who scored in the rout at Billingham, will miss Friday and Saturday’s friendlies with a calf strain though.

He picked up the strain in the closing stages of the game at Harrogate.

Worley is being assessed by the medical staff but is set to be involved against Scunthorpe at The Vic on Tuesday night.

There was, however, bad news for youth team player Nat Skidmore who dislocated his left shoulder during the game at Harrogate.

He was seen by a specialist on Wednesday morning and club officials say a decision will be made on the best course of treatment.