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The Victoria Ground (ATT 3,595) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

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Last Updated: 20/12/13 2:47pm

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Luke James: Pushing for a recall

Luke James: Pushing for a recall

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

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper will choose from an unchanged squad for his side's first-ever league meeting with Burton.

Cooper has no new injury or suspension problems following the midweek FA Cup replay defeat at Coventry and is not expected to make too many changes.

Winger Jonathan Franks has started Pools' last two games through the middle, though, and Cooper could be tempted to recall James Poole or leading scorer Luke James.

Full-back Jordan Richards (double hernia) remains sidelined as he recovers from surgery and fellow defender Dan Jones is still out due to an ankle injury.

Adam McGurk is expected to come back into the reckoning for Burton's trip to Hartlepool.

McGurk has missed the last two matches with concussion after the eight-goal forward was knocked unconscious at Fleetwood, but he could go straight back into manager Gary Rowett's starting line-up.

Midfielders Lee Bell (hamstring) and Alex MacDonald (virus) should battle on and keep their places in the side at Victoria Park.

The likes of Zander Diamond, Jimmy Phillips, Dominic Knowles, Marcus Holness, Matty Palmer and Michael Symes are all vying for recalls.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12

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