Hartlepool United Vs Yeovil Town, Sat 19 Dec 2009


Hartlepool director of sport Chris Turner has a host of injury and suspension problems to contend with for the home clash with Yeovil.

Defender Ben Clark is banned after he was sent off in the second half of Pools` 3-2 defeat at Southend last weekend while forward Colin Larkin and full-back Neil Austin are ruled out with niggling hamstring injuries.

David Foley (leg) and youngster Dylan Purvis (calf) sustained injuries during the reserves` 4-3 win against Sunderland in midweek.

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders struggled with shoulder and leg problems going into the Shrimpers clash but played through the pain and has been training this week.

James Brown (knee), Steve Haslam (hernia) and Denis Behan (ankle) remain long-term absentees.

Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton is again set to select from a near-full strength squad.

Skiverton named an unchanged starting XI for last weekend`s 3-3 draw at home to Norwich, having made five changes for the previous game - a 2-2 draw at MK Dons.

And following his side`s impressive performance against the Canaries, Skiverton is unlikely to make many alterations to his line-up at Victoria Park.

On-loan Swansea midfielder Shaun MacDonald is set to play the last match of his initial loan spell with the Glovers.

MacDonald has been on target in Yeovil`s last two games, along with striker Dean Bowditch.

Irish forward Aidan Downes (shoulder) is still unavailable although he recently returned to light, non-contact training.

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