We take a look at the latest from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Oxford United at Victoria Park.
New Pools boss Ronnie Moore will be waiting on fitness reports on Tommy Miller and Michael Duckworth before selecting his first starting eleven this weekend.
Moore took training for the first time on Wednesday afternoon and will run the rule over Miller (calf) and Duckworth (groin) who were both hoping to return to contention for Saturday.
New Assistant Manager Sam Collins is again unlikely to feature as he continues to battle against a knee injury.
Oxford United starlet James Roberts pressed his claims for a First Team recall after playing 45 minutes for the club’s development side at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old got 45 minutes under his belt after being sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury and could have done enough to push himself in to contention for their trip to the north-east.
The U’s will be without striker Tyrone Barnett after he was recalled to parent club Peterborough United so top scorer Danny Hylton is expected to continue in a more central striking role.
Wes Burns is also set to return to Oxford’s starting line-up after being forced to sit out their midweek FA Cup defeat to Tranmere Rovers due to being cup-tied.