Hartlepool will be without striker James Brown for the home game against Millwall - and the next 12 weeks.

Pools were dealt a huge blow this week when it was revealed Brown had undergone surgery on a lateral cartilage tear in his knee and faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

With Denis Behan also out until the new year, Colin Larkin still struggling with a hamstring problem and the deadline for loan deals having passed, director of sport Chris Turner`s attacking options are limited.

Adam Boyd and Armann Bjornsson started up front in Tuesday`s 3-2 defeat at Carlisle, with the latter opening the scoring after five minutes, and the pair are likely to keep their places.

Turner is boosted by the return of midfielder Ritchie Jones after suspension and he should come straight back into the starting line-up.

James Henry returns to the Millwall squad but Dave Martin is doubtful.

On-loan Reading winger Henry has recovered from the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last four games but fellow wideman Martin is struggling with a groin injury.

The Lions are still missing top scorer Neil Harris with a back injury and strike partner Gary Alexander, who will be out until the new year with his ongoing heel problem.

Steve Morison is in line to continue up front after his last-gasp winner against MK Dons in midweek.

Defenders Tony Craig (cheekbone), Zak Whitbread (hip), Scott Barron (ankle) and Pat O'Connor (cruciate) are still on the casualty list.

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