MICK Wadsworth today allayed fitness fears surrounding Paul Murray and James Brown and expects them to be back in training this week.
Neither player has been seen in action since the first pre-season friendly of the summer in Holland more than two weeks ago.
Murray is nursing a calf strain while Brown picked up a thigh problem during that game against AGOVV Apeldoorn.
They were absent from the 22-man party which travelled to Cumbria for Saturday’s 3-2 win at Workington.
And with less than two weeks to go until the season opener at MK Dons, there were concerns the pair would be struggling to make the curtain-raiser.
However, first-team coach Wadsworth told SportMail today he is hopeful of both Brown and Murray rejoining their team-mates at Maiden Castle over the next couple of days.
“They’ve both got slight strains but they’re nothing too serious,” he said ahead of tonight’s trip to Whitby Town, in which Pools are expected to field a young side (kick-off 7pm).
“There’s no point pushing and rushing them because we’ve got enough players to cover things.
“I’m sure they’ll both be joining in this week and might even be involved at Harrogate on Wednesday.
“But other than them, we’ve got a clean bill of health, which is very pleasing for this time of year.”
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