Why Morecambe clash will come too soon for Hartlepool United pair Tommy Miller and Stuart Parnaby

Stuart Parnaby in action for Hartlepool United Reserves during their 1-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves. Picture by FRANK REID
Stuart Parnaby in action for Hartlepool United Reserves during their 1-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore says he is pleased to see Tommy Miller and Stuart Parnaby back playing - but insists they are still a couple of weeks away from returning to first-team action.

Parnaby has been out for six months after knee surgery - which was initially due to rule him out all season - while Miller has been slowly making his comeback after a long-term calf problem.

The experienced midfielder hasn’t featured since October.

The pair both played in the midweek reserve win over Gateshead but Saturday’s trip to Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two will come too soon.

“It’s good to see Parnaby back because it looked like it was going to be season over but he is miles off the pace,” said Moore.

“Tommy, we take it day by day with him as he’s had a recurring calf problem but touch wood it’s okay right now.

“I don’t think either will be ready for the next couple of weeks, but Tommy is closer.

“He feels more confident in his injury and he’s been looked after well.

“Parnaby has an awful lot to do because of the time he’s been out.

“There’s always the temptation and need to put him in because of Tommy’s experience, but we’ve got to be fair to him because if we push him and it goes again, them it’s season over.”