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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,148) 5th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Eltrigham

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Simon Walton: Faces late test

Simon Walton: Faces late test

Team news for Tuesday's League One clash between Hartlepool United and Colchester United at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool midfielder Simon Walton is hoping to prove his fitness.

Walton missed the weekend defeat at Doncaster due to a back/hamstring problem and may undergo a late fitness test.

But manager John Hughes has no other new injury or suspension problems and if Walton fails to make it Andy Monkhouse will continue.

Defender Evan Horwood overcame a calf strain sustained last week to play the full 90 minutes at the weekend and is expected to resume in the starting line-up.

Striker Steve Howard is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up. He headed against the post after stepping off the substitutes' bench in the second half at Doncaster.

Midfielder Antony Sweeney (knee) is still not ready and teenage defender Jordan Richards (knee) is out for the season as Pools chase their sixth win in nine league matches.

Freddie Sears is a doubt for Colchester.

The striker, United's leading scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions, was forced off with a knock in Saturday's impressive 2-0 victory at Stevenage.

Boss Joe Dunne named an unchanged side at Broadhall Way from the one which disposed of Yeovil by the same scoreline, and so changes, if any, will be kept to a minimum at Victoria Park.

Jabo Ibehre, who bagged a brace against Boro, as well as Bradley Garmston, David Wright and John White all proved their fitness to feature at the weekend and will be in contention once again.

Captain Kem Izzet, who has not featured since January due to an ankle injury, could make the matchday 18 as he continues to step up his rehabilitation.

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Sky Bet League 1

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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