We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Tuesday evening’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Sunderland at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium (7.30pm kick-off).
Craig Hignett will look to shuffle his pack for the outing against The Black Cats but must manoeuvre within the selection rules of the completion.
Regulations state that Pools must name either five of the players who started in the last league game or five of the eleven players who have made the most starts so far this season.
Trevor Carson is now away on international duty with Northern Ireland so won’t play against Sunderland, while Liam Donnelly is with the same country’s Under-21s so is also unavailable.
Toto Nsiala sits the game out through suspension after being sent-off in the last Checkatrade Trophy game at Notts County but Nicky Featherstone is free to play because his ban does not count towards this competition.
Matthew Bates (bone bruising), Rob Jones (hip) and Michael Woods (calf) remain injury doubts, while Carl Magnay is out long-term with a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Sunderland are set to send a young side on the short journey up the A19, though a smattering of First Team players may be in line for some game time.
Competition rules for invited Academy teams mean that they must select at least six players who were aged under 21 on 30th June.
First Team Coach Robbie Stockdale is likely to take charge of The Black Cats for the game and young stars such as Rees Greenwood, Ethan Robson and Tom Robson are expected to feature.