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Team News: Mansfield Town v Pools

9 February 2017

We take a look at the latest from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Mansfield Town at One Call Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Dave Jones will assess the fitness of Michael Woods and Billy Paynter ahead of the weekend’s away game at Mansfield as both look to recover from injury.

Skipper Paynter has been missing from the last three games with an Achilles problem, while Woods missed the Yeovil Town draw with an ankle injury but both are battling to be back in time.

Nathan Thomas got another hour under his belt for the Reserves on Tuesday afternoon as builds match fitness after three months on the sidelines with a groin injury and he will be in contention to face his former club on Saturday.

Carl Magnay is hoping for a return to training by the end of the month after a cruciate ligament injury, while Trevor Carson is out for the rest of the season following his shoulder operation.

Mansfield boss Steve Evans must decide whether to name an unchanged starting eleven for the third game in a row after The Stags extended their unbeaten league run to six games with a win at Barnet last weekend.

New signings Alfie Potter and Alex MacDonald had to be content with places on the bench for that trip to The Hive but will hope to press their claims for a starting spot against Pools.

Centre-back duo George Taft (hamstring) and Kyle Howkins (knee) are both expected to remain sidelined until at least next week.

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