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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 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15