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Team News: Plymouth Argyle v Pools

22 September 2016

We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park (3pm kick-off).

Craig Hignett will be without Carl Magnay for the long trip to the South West after it was confirmed that the defender ruptured his cruciate ligament in Saturday’s draw with Mansfield Town.

The Pools boss has a number of options in terms of the full-back positions though, with Jake Carroll and Jordan Richards both vying for a return to the starting eleven.

Rob Jones is still suffering with a hip injury but has been back in light training this week so could travel but Matthew Bates is still likely to be missing as he continues to recover from bone bruising.

Michael Woods is battling with an Achilles problem and will be assessed later in the week, while young keeper Ben Dudzinski is back in training after a knee injury.

Plymouth striker Paul-Arnold Garita is racing against the clock to be fit to face Pools hobbled off with a hamstring problem during last weekend’s Devon Derby win over Exeter City.

However, scans have shown there is no tear to his hamstring which gives him a chance of being in the line-up for Derek Adams’ side on Saturday.

Ben Purrington looks likely to continue at left-back for The Pilgrims this weekend while Gary Sawyer struggles with a stomach muscle strain. Karleigh Osborne remains sidelined with a thigh injury.

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