Hartlepool caretaker manager Mick Wadsworth will once again be without Adam Boyd (back) and James Brown (ankle) for the clash with Bristol Rovers.

However, both players are expected to return to training next week and will begin building up their fitness ready for a first-team return.

Antony Sweeney has stepped up his comeback from injury, playing an hour and scoring for the reserves in midweek and he will be in contention to make the bench once again, while midfielder Ritchie Humphreys is definitely out with a thigh problem.

Jake Kean continues in goal as Scott Flinders and Andy Rafferty are still sidelined with long-term injuries while youngsters Billy Greulich, Callum Martin (both ankle) and Dylan Purvis (knee) are also in the treatment room.

Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope has no fresh injury concerns.

Charlie Reece impressed in his first start of the season against Rochdale and will keep his place while Will Hoskins will also continue to partner Joe Kuffour up front.

The inclusion of Hoskins leaves John Akinde occupying the bench again for the trip to Victoria Park.

Mikkel Andersen will keep his place in goal after returning from international duty in the 2-1 win over Rochdale which means Mike Green will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Chris Lines was on the score sheet against Dale and will continue in his advanced role while Byron Anthony should keep his place despite his own goal at the weekend.

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