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Team News: South Shields v Pools

12 October 2017

Luke George
Pools midfielder Luke George

We take a look at the latest info from both camps ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Mariners Park (3pm kick-off).

Pools boss Craig Harrison has been handed a double boost with the news that both Michael Ledger and Luke George should be available for Saturday’s game at South Shields.

Ledger has been missing with back and hamstring trouble in recent weeks but is now back to fitness and is ready to challenge for a return to the starting line-up at the weekend.

Midfielder George is yet to play competitively since his summer arrival from Chester but has worked hard to return to fitness after calf and hamstring problems and is now chomping at the bit for some action.

Pools will also be able to call on defender Liam Donnelly who is now back with the squad after missing the last two games due to being on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s.

Connor Newton has bone-bruising in his ankle and Saturday’s game will come too soon for him, while Ryan Donaldson is facing up to twelve weeks on the sidelines after being told he needs ankle surgery.

Jake Cassidy is making progress on his recovery from a stress fracture in his foot and young defender Aaron Cunningham is out long-term after a recent ankle operation.

Shields joint bosses Graham Fenton and Lee Picton have no new injury worries ahead of the weekend’s game so have a strong squad to select from.

They will run the rule over defender Alex Nicholson after he was forced to sit out last weekend’s 5-2 FA Trophy win at Scarborough Athletic through injury.

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