Bristol Rovers manager Dave Penney will be without Danny Coles for the visit of Hartlepool.

The defender, who spent time on loan at Victoria Park, begins a four-match ban after being shown his second red card of the season in the 4-0 defeat to Carlisle.

On-loan goalkeeper Luke Daniels' place in the side could be under threat after the rout in Cumbria, with Mike Green a possible replacement.

Penney has no other injury or suspension problems ahead of the npower League One clash and expects to bring in at least one new face to the club in time for the game.

He said: "My first priority has always been defenders as I like to build from the back, but I would like to bring in a defender, a midfielder and a striker."

Hartlepool first team coach Mick Wadsworth will face a wait on the fitness of Sam Collins.

The defender has been struggling with a knee injury picked up in the New Year's Day win over Oldham and has been unable to feature in the three defeats since.

Wadsworth will consult with Collins and the club's medical staff before making a decision on whether to include the centre-back against the Pirates.

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders could earn a recall after recovery from a thumb ligament injury, and after on-loan keeper Jake Kean conceded in the 1-0 loss to Dagenham.

Right-back Neil Austin could also be on the sidelines after being kicked in the calf against the Daggers.

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