Hartlepool United Vs Leeds United, Sat 6 Feb 2010

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Hartlepool director of sport Chris Turner has no fresh injury concerns for the home game against Leeds.

James Brown remains the only absentee, although the forward is expected to return to training next week after almost three months on the sidelines with a knee problem.

Pools have played Leeds five times in League One and have taken just one point in a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day 2007 at Victoria Park - a statistic Turner is keen to change.

He told the Hartlepool Mail: "We have always done well against them but unfortunately we have never beaten them.

"There has only been once where they have beaten us emphatically (4-1 in November 2008) and even then we were level at half-time. Every game has been very tight. But we can't carry on playing the way we are without getting results."

Leeds could be boosted by the return of defender Patrick Kisnorbo and midfielder Neil Kilkenny.

Manager Simon Grayson will also have new signing Max Gradel and loanees Gary McSheffrey and Shane Lowry - all ineligible for the FA Cup defeat to Tottenham - available again as his side shift their attentions to their promotion bid.

Kisnorbo missed out in midweek with an Achilles/calf injury and Kilkenny was sidelined due to an ankle problem.

Grayson is expected to recall McSheffrey and Lowry to his starting line-up, while Gradel is likely to take his place on the substitutes bench.

Leeds, who won their first league match in five attempts against Colchester last Saturday, will be hoping to reclaim top spot from nearest rivals Norwich.

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