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The Victoria Ground (ATT 3,470) 15th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Michael Duckworth: Could make return

Michael Duckworth: Could make return

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

Hartlepool defender Michael Duckworth could return to the squad for the home game against Newport.

Duckworth has been sidelined since New Year's Day after having a double hernia operation, but returned to full training this week and has an outside chance of being included among the substitutes.

Fellow defender Neil Austin is battling to be fit after missing out last week due to a toe injury, but Jordan Richards will continue if the right-back fails to make it.

Pools, nine points off a play-off place, are bidding for back-to-back league wins for the first time since early November.

Newport look set to hand a debut to goalkeeper Elliott Parrish when they make the long trip to Hartlepool.

The Bristol City shot-stopper arrived on loan earlier this week in search of regular first team football and with Exiles pair Lenny Pidgeley and Jamie Stephens sidelined he will step straight into the starting line-up against Pools.

And striker Chris Zebroski could hand manager Justin Edinburgh a huge boost by returning to the matchday squad for the first time since early November having been sidelined with a dislocated kneecap, an injury they initially feared could end the former Oxford strriker's campaign.

Fellow long-term injury absentee Byron Anthony is also available after recovering from a broken leg suffered in August but Ismail Yakubu misses out through injury.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18