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Team News: Newport County v Pools

26 January 2017

We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Newport County at Rodney Parade (3pm kick-off).

Dave Jones will be in the dugout for the first time when Pools make the long trip to South Wales this weekend and the new boss must decide whether to make changes.

The new boss watched from the stands as Pools enjoyed a 2-0 win over Stevenage last time out but now he’s worked for a week on the training ground and could opt to put his stamp on things.

Skipper Billy Paynter missed the win over Stevenage with an Achilles problem and the indications are that the front man has only a slim chance of facing Newport.

Nathan Thomas returned to action for the first time since October when he came off the bench in the closing stages on Saturday and his fitness will be assessed again ahead of the trip.

Trevor Carson has undergone surgery on a shoulder injury which will keep him out for the rest of the season so Adam Bartlett continues in goal.

Newport County could hand a debut to former Pools loan man Ryan Bird after he joined The Exiles on a permanent deal from Eastleigh to become new boss Graham Westley’s 12th signing.

Josh Sheehan will also be available for selection after confirmation that he has extended his stay on loan from Swansea City until the end of the season.

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