Charlton could find themselves short at left-back when they host Hartlepool.

Kelly Youga is still missing with a knee injury and his deputy, Grant Basey, is nursing a groin strain following Saturday's win over Wycombe.

Centre-half Sam Sodje serves the third game of his four-match ban but right-back Frazer Richardson could return to the back four.

Richardson came on as a second-half substitute at Adams Park having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Striker Deon Burton should keep his place in attack despite an ongoing hernia problem which will eventually need surgery. Boss Phil Parkinson must again choose between David Mooney, Chris Dickson and Leon McKenzie to partner his 12-goal top-scorer.

Midfielder Dean Sinclair, recently back from a loan spell at Barnet, is available after a one-match ban.

Hartlepool director of sport Chris Turner will be hoping skipper Sam Collins is fit to shore up his leaky defence.

Centre-back Collins, who has been struggling with an Achilles problem of late, missed Saturday`s embarrassing 5-0 defeat at home to MK Dons through illness but he should return to contention.

Fit-again forward Denis Behan was introduced as a first-half substitute at the weekend as a replacement for the ineffective Armann Bjornsson and he could be handed his first start since the end of November as Turner looks to ring the changes.

Full-back Peter Hartley serves the second game of a three-match ban while James Brown (knee) is Pools` only long-term injury absentee.

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