Injury update: Hartlepool assess duo ahead of Macclesfield clash

Blair Adams.
Blair Adams.

Hartlepool United are assessing the fitness of injured duo Blair Adams and Luke George.

Adams was withdrawn as a precaution in his final pre-season game against Middlesbrough Under-23s at Victoria Park with a groin problem.
While it was not thought to be too serious at the time it kept him out of Pools National League opener against Dover at the weekend.

And manager Craig Harrison says he will not risk the player, if there is any doubt, especially with a long season ahead.

“We will see how the players are,” said Harrison ahead of the Moss Rose encounter against Macclesfield Town tonight.

“Blair could be involved.”

While Harrison was sure that George would not feature in his post-match presser at the weekend, it is understood the combative midfielder does have a chance of making pools’ matchday squad.

A hamstring, then back problem has kept him out of action for a chunk of the club’s pre-season campaign, but he is being assessed today.

The game comes too soon for Nicky Featherstone, though, who is still working his way back to full fitness after a hernia operation earlier this summer.

On the selection front Harrison admits he was pleased with the performance of Padraig Amond and Jake Cassidy in front two last time out.
Although he has stopped short of saying that he will deploy the duo again tonight.

“We changed formation, but we look each game as it comes,” he said.

“I felt it was a chance by changing formation to occupy their three centre-halves. It was about trying to create overloads in wide areas with our full backs and wingers getting at them.

“It wasn’t particularly about the two up front, but Jake and Podge worked well together.

Assessing last weekend, Harrison continued: “We knew what the opposition were about – physical, athletic and dynamic. We did alright first 20 then could have played more and got hold of the ball in the way we wanted. Second half we moved it better. It just didn’t happen for us.”