Pools defender Michael Duckworth is set to be out for another four weeks after undergoing a hernia operation on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old hasn’t featured since the game at Portsmouth on 12th December and it had been hoped that rest would help him recover from the problem.
However, after two scans and three visits to consultants, the decision was made that the full-back needed surgery and he went under the knife on Wednesday.
“Michael has been struggling with two injuries really – an abdominal strain and a hernia,” explained Head Physio Ian Gallagher.
“The specialist’s advice was to allow both problems to settle down but unfortunately the hernia hasn’t improved as much we would have liked so the last resort is to have the operation.
“Michael has been doing rehab work for the last six weeks so we’re hoping that his recovery time post-surgery will be much quicker but we’re still looking at around four weeks until he can get back in to full training.”
Meanwhile, Harry Worley has returned to training well ahead of schedule after he underwent surgery to repair ankle ligament damage at the beginning of November.
The defender has now completed almost two weeks of full training and it’s hoped a friendly game can be arranged next week to help him build his match fitness.
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