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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 3,929) 19th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Scott Mathieson

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Steve Howard: Back from suspension

Steve Howard: Back from suspension

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Hartlepool and Plymouth at Victoria Park.

Pools striker Steve Howard will return to contention for the home game with the Pilgrims following suspension.

Howard has missed the last three games after his straight red card in the recent home defeat to Oxford and is expected to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Manager Colin Cooper, who has no new injury or suspension problems, will select from a full-strength squad and is unlikely to make any changes as last week's 3-0 victory at Exeter was Pools' third successive win.

Midfielders Antony Sweeney, Jonathan Franks and full-back Jordan Richards are all pushing for recalls to the starting line-up as Pools chase their second home league win of the season.

Plymouth have received an injury blow ahead of their long trip to Hartlepool.

Striker Marvin Morgan requires a shoulder operation which looks set to rule the 30-year-old for a huge chunk of the 2013-14 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Morgan had been playing on with the problem but will now spend months on the sidelines and his absence could open the door for homegrown striker Tyler Harvey to be more involved for the Pilgrims.

Argyle head to Victoria Park looking for their first victory since September 7, a run of six games which has seen them slump down to 19th in the table and knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 33 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 32 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 59
4 Luton Town 32 55
5 Southend United 32 54
6 Plymouth Argyle 32 52
7 Bury 32 52
8 Newport County AFC 32 50
9 Stevenage 32 48
10 AFC Wimbledon 32 45
11 Northampton Town 32 44
12 Morecambe 32 44
13 Portsmouth 32 43
14 Exeter City 33 43
15 Accrington Stanley 32 43
16 Cambridge United 32 38
17 Oxford United 32 37
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 37
19 Mansfield Town 32 35
20 Tranmere Rovers 32 34
21 Carlisle United 32 33
22 York City 32 32
23 Cheltenham Town 32 31
24 Hartlepool United 32 24