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Hartlepool United Vs Gillingham, Tue 26 Jan 2010

Hartley returns from ban (©PAphotos)
Hartley returns from ban (©PAphotos).

Peter Hartley is available for Hartlepool`s clash with Gillingham after completing a three-game suspension.

Left-back Hartley is likely to come straight back into Chris Turner`s starting line-up following three successive defeats.

Pools have no fresh injury or suspension concerns, meaning Turner`s biggest problems concern team and formation selection.

Turner has deployed a 4-5-1 formation in the last two games at Charlton and Bristol Rovers, and although both games ended in defeat, performances have been good.

The club`s director of sport has now indicated he may try the system at home, with Colin Larkin and Andy Monkhouse doing a good job of supporting lone striker Denis Behan in the defeat to the Pirates.

However, if Turner was to revert back to a 4-4-2 set-up, Adam Boyd will hope to get the nod alongside Behan in attack.

Gillingham manager Mark Stimson is likely to name an unchanged side.

The Gills shared the points in a goalless draw against Colchester on Saturday where on-loan trio Rene Howe, Tristan Plummer and Darren Dennehy all made their debuts.

However, the game will come a week too soon for midfielder Curtis Weston who is yet to recover fully from a hip injury which kept him out of the clash against the Us.

Luke Rooney impressed as a second-half substitute in that game but is likely to have to once again settle for a place on the bench.

Winger Andy Barcham, defender Garry Richards and goalkeeper Simon Royce are all out with knee injuries while Simon King and Danny Jackman remain long-term absentees.

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Colchester United
Andy Barcham
Tristan Plummer
Bristol Rovers
Luke Rooney
Danny Jackman
Football
Colin Larkin
Hartlepool United
Simon Royce
Chris Turner
Tristan Plummer
Andy Monkhouse
Curtis Weston
Rene Howe
Gillingham
Peter Hartley
Rene Howe
Adam Boyd
Darren Dennehy
Garry Richards
Simon King
Charlton Athletic
Denis Behan

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