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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 4,406) 13th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Scott

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Howard: Back to boost Pools

Howard: Back to boost Pools

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

Steve Howard and Paul Murray are both expected to return to Hartlepool's starting line-up.

Veteran striker Howard, who has recently been struggling with a shin injury, and midfielder Murray were rested for the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Bradford.

Winger Andy Monkhouse has been ruled out for up to six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in last weekend's defeat at Crewe, while young forward Luke James suffered a slight thigh problem playing for the reserves and was taken off as a precaution.

Midfielder Simon Walton returned to the side in midweek following his recovery from an ankle injury but he failed to impress, while new loan signing Charlie Wyke, from Middlesbrough, will be hoping to continue up front after making his Pools debut against the Bantams.

Skipper Sam Collins, midfielder Antony Sweeney and striker James Poole are all pushing for recalls as Neale Cooper's men chase their first league win in eight matches.

Doncaster will be given a double defensive boost for their trip.

Rovers were without both Shelton Martis (hamstring) and Paul Quinn (hip) on Tuesday when they knocked reigning holders Chesterfield out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

But the pair were left out merely as a precaution as Dean Saunders' side triumphed 1-0 thanks to a goal from teenage debutant Jordan Ball.

Saunders is still without Jamie McCombe, who has a hairline fracture of the spine along with a torn muscle in his thigh, and is expected to be out until the new year.

Ball's fairytale first game could result in him being rewarded with a spot on the bench.

Fellow striker Iain Hume is expected to return to the starting line-up to partner Billy Paynter.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40