Football - Hartley boost for Pools

Hartlepool boss John Hughes could have Peter Hartley available for the daunting trip to MK Dons.


The central defender missed last weekend's home defeat to Stevenage with conjunctivitis, but has trained this week and should be in contention at stadium:mk.

But fellow defender Neil Austin remains absent as he serves the third instalment of a four-game ban following two red cards this season.

Apart from that Hughes has no other injury concerns and Simon Walton will be pushing for a start after a hamstring injury restricted him to the bench against Gary Smith's side last week, while Luke James also made a substitute's return following a double hernia operation.

Pools, 10 points adrift at the foot of the table, are chasing their first win under Hughes and their first success since September 1 - a run of 20 games in all competitions.

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