Major injury boost for Hartlepool United as Ben Killip returns to training while Lewis Cass and Gavan Holohan are in contention for Stockport County clash

Hartlepool United have been handed a big fitness boost with goalkeeper Ben Killip returning to training this week.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 10:28 am

The Pools number one was ruled out for the rest of the season following an elbow injury in a 2-2 draw at Boreham Wood back in April.

While Killip is unlikely the feature in Sunday’s play-off semi-final at Stockport County (12pm kick-off), his return is a welcome one for manager Dave Challinor.

And there has also been positive news regarding Lewis Cass who was ruled out for the play-off win against Bromley last weekend. It was initially speculated by Challinor that the Newcastle United loanee’s season could be over but now he could potentially make an appearance before the end of the campaign.

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Mark Shelton and Ben Killip following Sunday's 3-2 play-off win over Bromley. Picture by FRANK REID

Gavan Holohan also limped off during the victory over Bromley but should be available for the match at Edgeley Park this weekend.

"We’ll have a look at things today with both of them,” Challinor said. “A positive from Cass’ perspective is we didn’t think we’d see him out on the grass.

"We’re unsure if [Sunday] will be too soon but hopefully he’s fine and there’s no reaction. We’ll see where he’s at.

“Similarly with Gav, it’s a kick more than significant damage. He’s playing in a huge game and no one wants to miss out if they don’t have a life threatening injury shall we say!

"They all want to play but we’ll see today where they’re all at and hopefully we can go and get the result we want.”

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