‘Question marks’ over fitness of some Hartlepool United players ahead of Weymouth clash with Fleetwood Town loanee a major doubt
Dave Challinor is ‘managing bodies’ with his Hartlepool United squad at the moment as they prepare for the final game of the regular season at home to Weymouth on Saturday (12:30pm kick-off).
Pools will be looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s defeat at Sutton United and head into the play-offs on a high with a win at Victoria Park in front of fans this weekend.
But the side have a handful of minor injury concerns, although Challinor described the situation as ‘not bad’ on the whole.
“We're managing bodies at the moment and that's going to be the case,” he said. “Hopefully we can pick the team we want to pick.
"No one at the moment is absolutely ruled out, there are a few question marks and lads will train today and tomorrow and we'll make decisions from there.”
Fleetwood Town loan striker Harvey Saunders has missed the last two games with a knee injury. Challinor was hoping the 23-year-old would be back available for this weekend but he remains a serious doubt.
“He had a scan on Wednesday so we’re waiting on the result from that and we’ll see how he is,” added the Pools boss.
“Whether he’ll be involved at the weekend is very questionable but fingers crossed we get some good news and we can push on with him.”
Elsewhere in the Pools squad, goalkeeper Ben Killip (elbow) and young forward Joe Grey (back) remain sidelined for the rest of the season.
Following Saturday’s match, Pools will then take part in the National League play-offs for the first time as they look to make a Football League return.
"We have to have one eye on the play-offs [when selecting a team] and that's been the case for the past three or four weeks,” Challinor continued.
"That doesn't detract from the fact we want to win the game on Saturday.
"There are risks involved and we're not in a position where we can change half of our squad and wrap people in cotton wool, we have to get on with it to give ourselves the best chance.”