Michael Duckworth is set for a longer spell on the sidelines after suffering a setback during an attempted return to training last week.
The full-back has been out since picking up a hamstring injury during the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Sheffield United at the start of the month but had been making good progress.
However, Duckworth pulled out of training on Friday after feeling more discomfort and he now looks likely to face at least another three weeks in the treatment room.
“It’s a real shame for Michael because he had been working hard to get fit and came back looking sharp,” explained boss Ronnie Moore.
“We’ve not had a great deal of luck in that right-back position this season but thankfully we have Brad Halliday in there at the moment and Carl Magnay is back from suspension next week too.”
Pools are also currently without fellow right-back Jordan Richards who has now been given the green light to step up his rehabilitation after a stress fracture in his back.
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