Injury news: Hartlepool United's Liam Donnelly fitness update

Liam Donnelly
Liam Donnelly

Hartlepool United will be without the services of Liam Donnelly for this weekend's clash with Ebsfleet United.

Hopes had been high that the Northern Ireland Under-21 man would be fit and available but stand-in boss Matthew Bates will be unable to select Donnelly this weekend.

Caretaker boss Matthew Bates is down to the bare bones.

Caretaker boss Matthew Bates is down to the bare bones.

The player had an injection on a troublesome ankle on Thursday but was unable to train properly on Friday and as a result will not be risked.

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That news means Bates will have to go with what he has this afternoon at the Vic - with just 13 senior professionals in the ranks and the numbers made up of a selection of first year pros and youth team apprentices.

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