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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 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19