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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 5,170) 13th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Tierney

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Sweeney: Sidelined for Pools

Sweeney: Sidelined for Pools

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Hartlepool United and Walsall at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool will be without midfielder Antony Sweeney for their opening home game of the season.

Sweeney, Pools' leading goalscorer last season, was forced out in the closing stages of normal time in the Carling Cup penalty shootout defeat to Sheffield United in midweek with a groin strain.

First-team coach Mick Wadsworth has plenty of options to cover for Sweeney, with Paul Murray and summer signing Nathan Luscombe in the reckoning for a place in the starting line-up.

Wadsworth will still be without strike pair James Brown and Colin Larkin, who have yet to feature for Pools this season due to respective ankle injuries.

Larkin returned to full training this week but is not ready, while another forward, James Poole, is hoping to make his first start of the season.

Walsall will be without suspended midfielder Adam Chambers.

The 30-year-old summer signing was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge just 12 minutes into Tuesday's 3-0 Carling Cup defeat to Middlesbrough and begins a three-match ban.

Aside from the absence of Chambers, Saddlers boss Dean Smith has a fully-fit squad to choose from as they look to build on their opening-day win against Leyton Orient.

Striker Will Grigg missed the Middlesbrough defeat as he was away on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s and is likely to come straight back into the starting line-up.

That could mean Ryan Jarvis, who made his full debut against Middlesbrough in Grigg's place, will have to make do with a spot on the bench.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30