Dave Challinor is crossing his fingers that the injury picked up by Luke James on Tuesday night is not too serious, with the front man set to undergo a scan this week.
James was forced off just before the hour mark with a groin injury during the FA Cup replay win over Exeter City at The Vic and the Pools boss admitted there are concerns it could be serious.
“Luke has been carrying a little bit of a groin problem but been managing it,” Challinor told Pools TV.
“We’ve got a concern over how he might be and it would be a big blow if we lost him for a significant period but if that’s the case other players will need to step up.
“If we have to go in to the market to bring in replacements then we’ll do that but fingers crossed it’s not too serious so we’ll find out as quickly as we can by getting him scanned.
“As much for him as anything else, we hope it’s not a long-term one.”