Injury update: Jake Cassidy closes in on Hartlepool United return, while Michael Ledger goes under the knife

Pools' Michael Ledger.
Pools' Michael Ledger.

Jake Cassidy is rated as touch and go for a return to Hartlepool United’s first-team at Boreham Wood.

But Michael Ledger is OUT, after undergoing an operation to fix a broken nose.

Striker Cassidy, who made a bright start to life in blue and white, has been sidelined since August with a foot injury.

And although manager Craig Harrison revealed it is too early to say whether Cassidy, who is now back in training, will be involved, he hinted that he will give the 24-year-old every chance to prove his fitness.

“It is too early to say whether Jake will be involved,” said Harrison, refusing to rule the player out.

“He has been training this week with the fitness coach.”

Meanwhile, the news on Ledger was not so positive.

The central defender, on loan from Sunderland, went under the knife on Monday to rectify the injury, which occurred in the 2-0 win at Torquay United.

As a result the 20-year-old will be unavailable for Harrison, who will have to wait until the home clash with Aldershot on November 18 to call on the Black Cats youngster.

Harrison revealed the player is likely to play with a mask, when he is given the all clear to take part in full contact training.

“After this week he can play,” said the manager.

“He had an operation on Monday, which went well, and then it is 10 days really, of no contact.

“He is training but it will be no games or contact for him. His fitness will still be up, though, and he will be ready to return in 10 days.

“He is a loss for us but it is what it is - we just have to get on with it.”

The absence of Ledger leaves Harrison with few defensive options heading down South this weekend, with Liam Donnelly not returning from international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s until Sunday.

“Liam is away, he’s been excellent and he’s a tenacious defender, he showed that last week with the booking he got.

“But he’s away this week and has played across the back four. He will be a miss, but Kenton (Richardson) played well at Morecambe last week at right-back.

“Take away the first seven minutes last week when no-one covered themselves in glory, Scott Loach aside, he did well. Kenton was against their most experienced player in Kevin Ellison and did well against him.

“He’s played seven or eight games in League Two and, for a young lad, he’s a great chance.”

Harrison will be able to call on Conor Newton, who played 60 minutes for the reserves in the week, but Carl Magnay is 10 days from full fitness.