Tranmere boss Les Parry will be without defender Zoumana Bakayogo for the crunch home clash with fellow strugglers Hartlepool.

The left-back begins a two-match ban following his sending off in last Saturday's goalless draw at Bristol Rovers. He will miss the game with Hartlepool and next Saturday's trip to Brighton.

Youngster Aaron Cresswell will deputise for Bakayogo at left-back against Pools but then start a three-game suspension of his own.

"We're looking to bring someone in on loan because left-back is such an important position," Parry said.

Elsewhere, Parry is hopeful goalkeeper Luke Daniels will be passed fit after he went over on his ankle in training.

Rookie stopper Joe Collister has also picked up a knock, and Parry admits he could also be forced to sign another goalkeeper on loan.

James Brown is pushing for a start for Hartlepool as director of sport Chris Turner contemplates wholesale changes.

Brown has made four substitute appearances since recovering from a serious knee injury but is now in line for a first start after a dismal display from Pools in a 4-0 defeat at Yeovil last weekend.

Other players who will be hoping to be involved at Prenton Park are Colin Larkin, Ritchie Humphreys, Leon McSweeney, Jonny Rowell and Michael Mackay after they impressed for the reserves against Newcastle in midweek.

Ben Clark and Armann Bjornsson did not feature in the 2-0 win against the Magpies and that could be with Friday night in mind.

Striker Denis Behan remains a long-term absentee with an ankle injury.

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