Team News: Sutton United v Pools

Macauley Southam-Hales, Hartlepool United

Macauley Southam-Hales is expected to return to contention for Saturday’s game at Sutton United after being forced to sit out last weekend’s defeat to Ebbsfleet United.

The full-back was knocked unconscious during the midweek win at Solihull Moors so missed out due to concussion protocol but looks likely to be given the green light to face Sutton.

Pools boss Dave Challinor has no other injury concerns ahead of the National League encounter at Gander Green Lane as his side look to hit back from their loss last weekend.

Adam Bale (knee), Fraser Kerr (back), Michael Raynes (thigh) and Luke Williams (hamstring) continue to work towards fitness, while Luke James remains sidelined after a groin operation.

Sutton boss Matt Gray will assess the fitness of Ben Goodliffe after he was forced to miss last weekend’s 2-0 win over Torquay United with a foot injury.

Influential midfielder Craig Eastmond made his first appearance since the start of January as a late substitute and he will be pressing his claims for a starting spot on Saturday.

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