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Team News: Barnet v Pools

3 March 2016

We take a look at the latest from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Barnet at The Hive (3pm kick-off).

Craig Hignett will hope to have Matthew Bates in contention to face Barnet this weekend after the defender missed the midweek defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Bates had originally been expected to start on Tuesday night but injured his back during the warm-up and was replaced in the starting eleven by Scott Harrison.

The Pools boss has also added Rob Jones to his travelling squad after the experienced central defender signed for the Club on Thursday afternoon.

Dan Jones and Michael Woods will both hope to press their claims after shaking-off knee and hamstring injuries respectively, but Michael Duckworth is still two weeks away after hernia surgery.

Harry Worley came through 75 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly win at Newcastle United on Wednesday afternoon and will now look to return to First Team action for the first time since September.

The centre-back required ankle surgery after suffering an injury during a friendly at Burnley but has worked hard with the Club’s medical staff to return a little ahead of schedule.

Barnet boss Martin Allen fears he could be without Chris Hackett for the rest of the season after the winger sustained what is suspected to be a serious knee injury at Accrington last Saturday.

Striker James Roberts will be hoping to push for a starting place in the Bees line-up after debuting from the bench in the win over Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday following his loan switch from Oxford United.

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