Jamie Sterry set to return for Hartlepool United against Eastleigh as four players ruled out

Jamie Sterry is expected to make a welcome return to the Hartlepool United line-up for Saturday’s match against Eastleigh at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).

Friday, 12th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Sterry was rested for Tuesday night’s draw at Altrincham but is now expected to come straight back into the side as Pools look to make it nine home wins in a row.

Several players still remain unavailable for the match with Lewis Cass serving the first of his three match suspension following a straight red card at the J. Davidson Stadium.

Ryan Donaldson (foot), Joe Grey (back) and Luke Williams will also not be involved in the game.

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Ryan Donaldson of Hartlepool United during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Solihull Moors at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Tuesday 9th February 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Defender Ryan Johnson is a slight doubt as he continues to manage a groin strain picked up following Pools’ previous home win against Barnet.

“We’re okay,” Challinor told The Mail. “We have some lads who remain out having missed Tuesday.

"Cass is obviously suspended and we’ve got lads like Johno with slight problems but we’ve also got lads coming back as well. Jamie missed Tuesday but should be fine for Saturday.

"Jamie has played a lot of games in a short period of time which he isn’t used to so we’ve got to manage where he’s at.

"We’re in a position where some lads can’t manage two games a week so we’ve got to manage that situation in order to give us the best chance of winning and picking up results.

"We’ll make some decisions on whether we’ll risk the players who have niggles or whether we’ll be more pragmatic with our approach not just on Saturday but when we go to King’s Lynn on Tuesday.”

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On Grey and Donaldson’s injuries, Challinor expanded: "Joe we’re going to shut him down and get a precautionary scan for him just to rule anything out.

"If he was 21, 22 and had a sore back, we’d let him crack on but with him being 17, we have to be very careful so it’ll be a case of a week before he gets the scan.

"Ryan will join in training [on Friday] and fingers crossed he’s available for Tuesday. His flexibility will be really important. We’re all a bit sore because of the demanding schedule but that soreness becomes less if we’re winning games.”

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