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Team News: Pools v Dover Athletic

3 August 2017

Rhys Oates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Rhys Oates in training

We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Saturday’s National League season opener against Dover Athletic at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).

New Pools boss Craig Harrison will assess the fitness of Rhys Oates ahead of the clash with Dover after the forward was forced to sit out the last few friendlies with a groin injury.

Oates has been undergoing treatment in a bid to be back in contention for the weekend and Harrison is likely to leave any decision over the 22-year-old until as late as possible.

Full-back Blair Adams has been protecting a groin problem in the early part of the week but the summer signing is expected to be given the go-ahead to make his debut.

Other than that, there are no other injury concerns to contend with for Pools as they head in to the opening Saturday of the new campaign.

Dover boss Chris Kinnear is in a similarly satisfactory position with his new-look squad all making it through the rigours of pre-season unscathed.

The Kent outfit have added no fewer than 13 new signings to their squad since the end of last season and they have a clean bill of health as they embark on the long trip to the North-East.

Former Pools star Mark Tinkler is joining us on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game – click here now for more information.

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