Trevor Carson is to undergo a scan on his injured finger on Tuesday after being forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad.
The Pools keeper was injured during the first half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town and was replaced by Adam Bartlett on 37 minutes.
Carson suffered a dislocated finger in the incident and was sent to hospital on Saturday evening before flying back out to link-up with his Northern Ireland team-mates on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was hoping to play some part in his country’s International Challenge Match against Croatia at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening.
However, medical staff have now ruled him out of making an international debut and the Pools star will return to the North-East for further assessment.
“I spoke to Northern Ireland’s medical staff on Saturday evening and we’ve been in touch throughout the weekend,” explained Pools Head Physio Ian Gallagher.
“Due to the extent of the dislocation we need to check the other structures in Trevor’s finger for any signs of damage.
“An MRI scan is the best way to get the full picture so we’ve got him booked in for that and we’ll take it from there.”