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.
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.
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.
Ryan Donaldson is back on the training pitch but will not be rushed after two operations to fix an injured ankle.
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