Where was Josh Hawkes against Harrogate Town? Why the Hartlepool United midfielder could be facing a spell on the sidelines

Josh Hawkes was a notable absentee from the matchday squad during the New Year’s Day defeat at home to Harrogate Town.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 9:28 am
Josh Hawkes of Hartlepool United  during the Vanarama National League match between Harrogate Town and Hartlepool United at Wetherby Road, Harrogate on Thursday 26th December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Josh Hawkes of Hartlepool United during the Vanarama National League match between Harrogate Town and Hartlepool United at Wetherby Road, Harrogate on Thursday 26th December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

The young midfielder had started seven consecutive matches before dropping to the bench against Barrow last Saturday.

But with Hawkes enjoying a decent run of form in the side, his complete absence from the matchday squad against Harrogate was conspicuous.

“Josh has had a slight issue since before I arrived around his groin adductors,” Pools boss Dave Challinor explained.

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“He obviously came off in the Harrogate Trophy game and he’s getting a bit of pain around his groin region. Whether there’s early signs of a hernia or something like that, we don’t know so we’re obviously having him looked at.

“Hopefully it will be a case of managing him, taking him out for a little bit, things settling down and him being able to get back involved. We’ll get some investigations done and see where we’re at.”