We take a look at the latest info from both camps as the new season gets underway at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Craig Hignett has revealed that he has an almost full squad to choose from ahead the weekend’s curtain-raiser against Colchester United.
Nicky Featherstone was left out of the final friendly against Scunthorpe United as a precaution after picking up a groin problem but the midfielder is expected to be fit to face The U’s.
Jake Orrell has been struggling throughout pre-season with a thigh injury so he won’t be in contention for this weekend as he continues to build his fitness.
Pools boss Hignett has a number of selection dilemmas to contend with after strengthening his squad during the summer months.
Colchester United boss John McGreal has the similar luxury of being able to pick from an almost fully-fit squad for the weekend.
However, left-back Matt Briggs won't make the journey to the North-East after being told his hip problem requires surgery.