Michael Bostwick comes back into the reckoning for Stevenage's home game against Hartlepool.

The midfielder was sent off during the draw at fellow League One newcomers Chesterfield last weekend and served a one-match suspension as Boro recorded their first win of the season at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

After such an impressive result on the south coast, Bostwick could struggle to get back into Graham Westley's team and may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Jennison Myrie-Williams, Chris Beardsley, Robin Shroot, who all came on as substitutes against the Cherries, and Ben May are options for Westley should the Boro boss feel the need to freshen up his starting XI.

Hartlepool striker James Brown is pushing for his first start of the season in the club's first ever encounter with Boro.

Brown has been struggling with an ankle injury during the summer and made his first appearance of the season when stepping off the substitutes' bench during the goalless draw with Huddersfield in midweek.

Fellow striker Colin Larkin also returned from an ankle injury on Tuesday night and will be hoping to retain his place, while James Poole, Colin Nish and Adam Boyd provide coach Mick Wadsworth with alternative options.

Wadsworth has no new injury or suspension concerns, but midfield quartet Gary Liddle, Antony Sweeney, Nathan Luscombe and Nolberto Solano remain sidelined.

Liddle is hoping to feature at Rochdale next week with the aid of a special mask, but is not yet ready to return following surgery on a fractured cheekbone and Sweeney is still struggling with a groin problem.

Luscombe sits out the second game of a three-match ban and Solano has not shaken off a hamstring strain.

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