Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth is sweating over the fitness of several players for the clash with Plymouth.

Wadsworth will leave it as late as possible to name his squad after key players picked up knocks in the 1-0 defeat to Carlisle in midweek.

Antony Sweeney hobbled off in the 44th minute at Brunton Park after a clumsy tackle from Liam Noble, which led to the midfielder's red card.

However, Sweeney has made good progress in his battle to be passed fit for the visit of Peter Reid's men but a decision will not be made until last minute.

Defender Evan Horwood is also a doubt for the clash at Victoria Park after injuring his ankle against the Cumbrians, while midfielder Paul Murray is struggling with a sore knee.

Plymouth manager Reid is hoping to have Kari Arnason fit for the trip.

The defender started the game against Swindon despite suffering from a tight hamstring but was replaced by Karl Duguid at half-time.

Arnason's participation on Saturday may be in doubt with Duguid waiting in the wings if he fails to make it.

Midfielder Chris Clark is still unavailable as he serves the final game of a three-match suspension after his red card against Colchester.

The versatile Simon Walton was included in Argyle's squad for the game against the Robins after returning from a knee ligament injury he picked up in pre-season and will be pushing for a start.

Stephane Zubar is likely to continue at centre-back after impressing in the last three games following his switch from right-back.

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