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Team News: Pools v Portsmouth

30 March 2017

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

Dave Jones will assess the fitness of Rhys Oates ahead of Pompey’s trip to the North-East after the front man again struggled with a thigh strain at Blackpool last weekend.

Oates was originally named among the substitutes for the trip to Bloomfield Road but felt pain during the warm-up and has had further treatment during the week.

Carl Magnay is moving closer to a return and Pools boss Jones revealed that he has a chance of being named on the bench for Saturday’s game, just six months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Trevor Carson (shoulder) and Billy Paynter (Achilles) are both out for the rest of the season after operations, while Rob Jones continues to have treatment on his knee problem.

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook will welcome back former Pools loan man Christian Burgess for Saturday’s game when the defender returns from suspension.

Burgess had started every league game so far this season for Cook’s men but was forced to watch their win over Newport County from the stands after being sent-off against Stevenage.

Kal Naismith and Kyle Bennett both returned from injury during the 2-1 triumph over County and are expected to start again against Pools this weekend.

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