Dave Jones has been handed a boost by the news that Trevor Carson has re-joined training on Thursday morning well ahead of schedule after his shoulder operation.
However, the Pools boss has insisted he won’t rush last season’s Player of the Year back in to action too soon after his lay-off so this weekend’s game could come too soon for Carson.
Liam Donnelly has been handed a two-game suspension following his red card at Leyton Orient on Monday – the ban stretches to the second game because it’s his second sending-off of the season.
That means Dave Jones has a decision to make at left-back with Nicky Deverdics a candidate to slot in, while Carl Magnay should continue at right-back while Kenton Richardson nurses an ankle injury.
Former Pools man Michael Nelson could be in line for a recall to the Barnet starting eleven to face his former club after being on the bench for their last three games.
Goalkeeper Josh Vickers returned to the bench against Wycombe Wanderers on Easter Monday after recovering from a thigh injury and will be pushing his claims for a starting spot.
Shane Cojocarel (arm), James Pearson (knee), Michael Gash (knee) and Shaun Batt (thigh) are likely to remain sidelined for the trip to Pools.