Matthew Bates provides Niko Muir injury update and discusses possible Jake Cassidy recall

Niko Muir receives treatment last night.
Niko Muir receives treatment last night.

Hartlepool United boss Matthew Bates is hopeful Niko Muir will be fit to face Aldershot.

The striker limped out of Pools’ 3-0 loss at Salford after just 17 minutes with an ankle problem, but Bates is hopeful his frontman will be OK to lead the line at the Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.

He said: “It is just a kick - that is all we think it is at the moment,” said Bates.

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“That is all I can say at the moment.”

Should Muir miss out, Pools would be light on options in the forward areas.

Jake Cassidy.

Jake Cassidy.

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But that does not mean Jake Cassidy will be set for a swift return.

“There is no recall,” said Bates of the striker, on loan at Maidstone United.

“He will be away until January as far as I am concerned.”

Matthew Bates.

Matthew Bates.

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Ahead of two home fifth tier games on the bounce, the manager added: “The lads are disappointed. But we dust ourselves down. It just shows how far we have come in such a short space of time.

“We get back on the horse and go again to get a win at the weekend.

“If we get a win we will have had a good week from a tough run of games.”