Hartlepool will continue to monitor the fitness of Gary Liddle for the visit of Swindon to Victoria Park.

The midfielder is pushing for a return after missing the last two games with a hip problem but will not be risked unless he can prove his fitness.

James Brown and Adam Boyd will be hoping to come back into the starting line-up so director of sport Chris Turner must decide whether or not to keep Andy Monkhouse up front.

Neil Austin should retain his place in the starting XI after recovering from the back injury he sustained at Tranmere to play the full 90 minutes of the midweek defeat by Southampton.

The Pools are just two points clear of the drop zone and will be looking to pull further away from the bottom four.

Swindon boss Danny Wilson hopes to have Billy Paynter, David Lucas and Scott Cuthbert back in the ranks.

The key trio all missed last weekend`s dramatic draw against Norwich due to injury - Paynter, Lucas (both hamstring) and Cuthbert (medial ligament) - but they returned to training on Thursday and will be monitored ahead of the long trip north.

Top scorer Paynter has missed the last three games and first-choice goalkeeper Lucas the previous two, and Wilson will no doubt see it as a big boost if they are fit to play a part at Victoria Park.

Kevin Amankwaah (hamstring) also returned to training on Monday and could be involved, while midfielder Simon Ferry makes his comeback from a one-match ban to further boost Wilson`s options.

Striker Vincent Pericard made his return from injury against the Canaries last weekend, so that just leaves defender Sean Morrison (groin) on the sidelines.

On-loan winger Matt Ritchie is pushing for a start having netted a hat-trick for the reserves on Tuesday, while Lloyd Macklin is back at the Wiltshire club following his month-long spell at Torquay.

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