Notts County will monitor Lee Hughes ahead of the visit of Hartlepool.

Last season`s top goalscorer missed the 3-0 victory over Walsall through illness and a late decision will be made on his fitness.

Midfielder Ricky Ravenhill returned to action as a substitute at the Banks`s Stadium following the facial injuries he received against Bournemouth in the FA Cup in mid-December. He could force his way into the starting line-up.

John Thompson, Graeme Lee and Stephen Hunt are alternative defensive options for boss Paul Ince, but it seems unlikely that he will change his back four following a clean sheet.

Forwards Karl Hawley and Ben Burgess will also be hoping for recalls.

Hartlepool skipper Sam Collins has been ruled out.

Central defender Collins suffered a knee injury in the early stages of Pools` 4-2 win at home to Oldham on Saturday and could be sidelined for some time.

First-team coach Mick Wadsworth told Pools Player: "We`re not sure how bad it is at the moment, we`ll have to wait and see but it`s probably his medial ligament.

"He`s definitely not in contention for Monday, that`s a certainty - but we`ll have him looked at and see where we go from there."

Winger Andy Monkhouse is back in contention after serving a one-match ban, while Wadsworth must decide if forward James Brown and midfielder Paul Murray are able to manage two games in such a short space of time.

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