Ronnie Moore could switch formation if Reading loanee doesn’t make Newport match

Aaron Tshibola in action. Picture by FRANK REID.
Aaron Tshibola in action. Picture by FRANK REID.

HARTLEPOOL United are sweating on the fitness of Reading loanee Aaron Tshibola ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Newport County.

Tshibola was taken off in the second-half of the 2-1 win over Cambridge United after suffering a slight groin strain.

But if he is not quite right, then we may have to change the system and look at something else.

Ronnie Moore

The 20-year-old hasn’t missed a match since signing on loan at the turn of the year - but he is a major doubt ahead of the Sky Bet League Two match with promotion chasing County (KO 3pm).

Boss Ronnie Moore says he will give the midfielder every chance to prove his fitness ahead of the match at Rodney Parade and he will travel with the squad.

But Tshibola hasn’t trained with the rest of his team-mates all week and Moore is prepared to tinker with his formation if he needs to.

“We have to wait on Tish,” said Moore.

“He hasn’t trained all week, and he won’t today either.

“We will take him down to Newport with us and monitor him.

“But if he is not quite right, then we may have to change the system and look at something else.”

Moore is still without Scott Fenwick (ankle), although the striker is due to return to training next week ahead of the trip to relegation rivals York City. Matthew Bates (thigh) is also still missing, while Michael Woods is out for the season after dislocating his ankle and fracturing his leg in the win over Wimbledon.

Jack Compton is back training after illness and played in the reserve’s draw with Rotherham United, while Tommy Miller got another 90 minutes under his belt after returning from a calf injury.

Stuart Parnaby started the reserve match but was taken off after just six minutes. He suffered a knock to his shin after going in for an early challenge and he is receiving treatment at Maiden Castle.

County, meanwhile, are without the services of Robbie Willmott who is still recovering from a thigh injury sustained in their match with Stevenage three weeks ago.

Boss Jimmy Dack is expected to welcome back young defender Regan Poole into the side after a spell away on international duty with Wales Under-17s.