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Team News: Pools v Crawley Town

6 October 2016

We take a look at the latest from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Crawley Town at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium (3pm kick-off).

After making eight changes to the side which faced Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, Craig Hignett is likely to bring back some of the players rested for that fixture.

Trevor Carson is away on international duty with Northern Ireland so Adam Bartlett will continue in goal, while Liam Donnelly is also missing because he’s away with the same country’s Under-21s.

Bradley Fewster is back with parent club Middlesbrough for treatment after injuring his hamstring against Sunderland and is expected to be missing for a while but Hignett hopes to have Lewis Hawkins available despite the midfielder being withdrawn with a sciatic nerve problem on Tuesday.

Jake Carroll should shake off a knee problem he’s been battling with to feature against Crawley but Matthew Bates (bone bruising), Rob Jones (hip) and Michael Woods (calf) are still building fitness.

Nicky Featherstone will not be available for the weekend as he serves the second of his three-game suspension following his red card against Luton Town.

Crawley Town’s Jordan Roberts is closing in on a return to fitness after suffering a hairline fracture of his toe but this weekend’s trip to the north-east will come too soon for him.

Matt Harrold is also definitely sidelined with an Achilles problem but, other than that, Town boss Dermot Drummy has no new injury issues to contend with.

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