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Westcarr: Set for debut

Westcarr: Set for debut

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Hartlepool at the Banks's Stadium.

Craig Westcarr is set to make his Walsall debut.

The forward arrived on loan from Chesterfield ahead of Thursday's deadline and goes straight into Dean Smith's squad for the clash.

It was hoped midfielder Florent Cuvelier would be able to make his return from a hamstring injury against Pools but that now looks increasingly doubtful, with the encounter coming too soon.

Ben Purkiss stands a better chance of being fit as he closes in on his comeback after a hamstring injury of his own, while captain and fellow defender Andy Butler is available again after serving a one-match ban.

The centre-back missed Tuesday's goalless draw at leaders Tranmere as Walsall recorded creditable back-to-back points, although they remain winless in 13 as they prepare to host a Hartlepool side with just one victory to their name this season.

Hartlepool will be without suspended defender Neil Austin as manager John Hughes bids to secure his first win in charge.

Austin starts a four-game ban after being sent off for the second time this season in the midweek home defeat to Oldham and Hughes must decide whether to bring in Jack Baldwin at right-back or fellow teenager Jordan Richards, who is hoping to make his third start for Pools.

Winger Andy Monkhouse is pushing for his first start in over seven weeks following an ankle injury after making his second substitute appearance in midweek.

Back-up goalkeeper Adam McHugh has been struggling with an ankle injury, but is hoping to return to the bench again, with Mark Foden on standby, while teenage forward Luke James (double hernia) is still out after surgery.

Loan strikers Ryan Noble and Charlie Wyke and midfielder Nathan Luscombe are all hoping for recalls as Pools chase their first league win since September 1.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 13 31
2 Peterborough United 13 26
3 Swindon Town 11 22
4 Preston North End 11 22
5 Milton Keynes Dons 11 20
6 Notts County 12 20
7 Sheffield United 12 20
8 Chesterfield 12 19
9 Fleetwood Town 13 19
10 Oldham Athletic 13 19
11 Bradford City 13 18
12 Rochdale 12 17
13 Barnsley 12 15
14 Doncaster Rovers 11 14
15 Crawley Town 13 14
16 Colchester United 13 13
17 Coventry City 13 13
18 Gillingham 13 13
19 Yeovil Town 13 13
20 Leyton Orient 12 12
21 Walsall 13 12
22 Port Vale 13 12
23 Scunthorpe United 13 11
24 Crewe Alexandra 13 10