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Team News: Pools v Mansfield Town

15 September 2016

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

Craig Hignett is hoping to welcome several players back in to contention in time for this weekend’s encounter against The Stags on home soil.

Jake Carroll (hamstring) and Michael Woods (calf) both missed the 2-1 win at Yeovil Town last Saturday, while Billy Paynter was named among the substitutes but was never likely to come on after his calf seized up on the morning of the game.

All three are back in training and hoping to fit in time to face Mansfield, as is Rob Jones who was forced off during half-time at Huish Park after taking a blow to the hip.

However, Saturday’s game looks like coming too soon for fellow defender Matthew Bates who is still recovering from bone bruising sustained in the second half of the game against Newport County.

Mansfield boss Adam Murray is facing up to an injury crisis ahead of the weekend trip to the north-east, with some reports suggesting he is likely to have only 15 outfield players at his disposal.

Centre-back George Taft is the most recent Stags star to be struck down by injury and there are doubts he will be fit in time to face Pools after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 home defeat to Barnet on Saturday.

Chris Clements and Jack Thomas have been joined by fellow midfielder Adam Chapman in the treatment room after he sustained a groin problem, while on-loan defender Kyle Howkins is sidelined with hamstring trouble.

Striker Danny Rose is once again likely to play in a protective mask on Saturday after he fractured an eye socket in Town’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Doncaster Rovers at the end of last month.

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